With netbook sales on the rise, users will need their wireless connectivity more and more. And while some bookstores and eating establishments have free WiFi access, in some cases you still have to pay for it.
Asus, the Eee PC netbook manufacturer, has reached an agreement with Boingo Wireless to bundle the WiFi hotspot operator’s software with new Asus Eee PC netbooks. If you pick up an Asus Eee PC 1005PE, 1008P, or 1201N, there’s good chance it will come preloaded with Boingo software for connecting to the 125,000 WiFi hotspots around the world. The services is all around the US, in airports, coffeehouses, department stores, and thousands of other places.
However, Boingo is not free. There is a monthly fee for using their WiFi access. Its about $9.95/month for a US account or $59/month for global access. But if you sign up after purchasing a qualifying Asus Eee PC, you’ll get 50% off for the first three months. Not a bad deal if you are going to be a slightly heavy user of their WiFi service. And if you need more than that, there is always a Verizon or Sprint MiFi.
Thanks Liliputing for the heads up!