Frequent flyers who also happen to be Sprint subscribers can look forward to new Wi-Fi hotspots going forward, as the carrier announced Thursday that it has struck up a multi-year deal with Boingo that gives it wider Wi-Fi hotspot coverage in U.S. airports.
The Sprint-Boingo agreement will allow the carrier’s subscribers to access free Wi-Fi in approximately 35 airports in the United States, including Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Love Field, Charlotte Douglas International, Boston Logan, and the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. This will allow customers to automatically connect to a secure Wi-Fi connection, with no need to login. Business users can also be assured of a secure browsing experience, as they would be able to access their corporate VPNs.
The service is available free of charge to qualified customers, which means you’ll need to have a Sprint device with Wi-Fi calling onboard. Fortunately, this covers most Android phones and recent iPhones offered by the carrier, so chances are you should be able to use the service if you’re on Sprint’s network. In addition, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye highlighted the benefits of its new service with Boingo, saying that customers will “have a better mobile experience in more locations, all while lowering their cost of data usage.”
Sprint also introduced the Wi-Fi Connect consumer router, whose main feature is prioritizing Wi-Fi calling over other types of hotspot activity.
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