Verizon/Boingo Deal Shows Value in Mobility

The news today that Verizon is extending its agreement to use Boingo’s Wi-Fi network to offer mobile broadband to its current landline or fiber broadband customers is just another indication that users want their Internet access to follow them wherever they go during the day.

More mobility, of course, is one of the main attributes of Clearwire’s WiMAX services, especially so when the “4G” of WiMAX is paired with a 3G cellular data service from Sprint — something Clearwire, Sprint and Comcast will all be selling soon to their broadband customers. AT&T is also big on Wi-Fi, but for Verizon one question remains: when will their 3G customers get to share in the fun?

We have an email in to Verizon asking them just that question — no response yet, but maybe we’ll hear more at the big wireless developers shindig Tuesday in San Jose. As Om notes, no matter what the reason for the deal it’s good news for Boingo, and probably for other aggregators like iPass, whose hard work in building alliances and roaming agreements looks like it is paying off as customers just want mobile access — and expect their carriers to do the behind-the-scenes work to make it happen.

UPDATE: Glenn Fleishman at Wi-Fi Net News takes a look at the fine print, and isn’t impressed by Verizon’s apparent stinginess. We would have to agree — limiting use makes this a much less impressive deal.

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