November 02, 2011

Boingo Expands in Japan, Adds 3,000 Hotspots Via Wi2

Boingo Wireless (News - Alert) has signed a roaming agreement with Wire and Wireless (Wi2) that allows Boingo customers access to more than 3,000 hotspots operated by the Wi2 300 service throughout Japan.

The agreement enables WiFi (News - Alert) Internet access on specific transit routes, of which includes over 800 limousines and buses to and from Narita/Haneda airports and major business and entertainment districts.

“Wi2 will provide our customers with high-speed Wi-Fi access as they move around key cities in Japan,” said Allen Pan, director of Asia for Boingo Wireless in a press release. “As mobile data demands increase, this will be increasingly important to ensure the best online experience and to prevent exorbitant data roaming bills for international travelers.”

According to Baochi Nguyen of Boingo, meeting the WiFi needs of the international community is one of Boingo’s areas of focus. In the Asia-Pacific market specifically, Boingo has 40,000 new hotspots in Korea via an agreement with LG Uplus, released iOS Boingo WiFinder Credits app, offers an unlimited Asia-Pacific WiFi plan that covers over twenty-five countries at one low rate and of course the addition of New Bangkok Airport to Boingo’s managed and operated network.

With the addition of the Wi2 300 hotspots to its network, Boingo offers access to more than 150,000 hotspots throughout the Asia Pacific region.

“Boingo shares our vision of easy-to-use, always-on connectivity, and we’re excited to offer their customers access to our expanding Wi2 300 network,” said Hiroshi Kiji, director of Sales Division for Wi2. “As demand increases with the proliferation of smartphones, we’ll continue to expand our network for all of our customers’ benefit.”

The company also announced that it now accepts PayPal (News - Alert) for purchase of its various WiFi access service plans. The addition of PayPal enables an express lane for customers in hotspots who want to get online quickly without entering account information.

“Adding PayPal provides a quick and easy way for customers to sign up for service, especially on mobile devices with limited screen space,” said Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing for Boingo Wireless. “As Boingo continues to expand into new markets outside the US, we also needed more payment options since credit cards aren’t as universally held in many parts of the world.”

Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell