Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Google Gives The Gift Of Free WiFi At Participating Airports For The Holidays

The holiday season Google is making lift a little easier for holiday travelers by offering free airport WiFi at more than 47 participating airports across the country.

A few weeks ago, Google announced that they'll be working with Virgin America to give free WiFi to all passengers on Virgin flights this holiday season. Not only will they be offering free WiFi on Virgin Flights but starting today and lasting through January 15th, Google has announced that the will be teaming with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income and others to offer free WiFi in 47 airports across the country.

The gift currently includes Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis and Charlotte. Additionally, as a result of this project, Burbank and Seattle airports will begin offering airport-wide free Wi-Fi indefinitely. You can see the full list of airports here.

Not to be outdone by Google's free WiFi offer Yahoo has joined the bandwagon and has announced that starting today and running through an entire year they will be offering free Wi-Fi at Times Square in New York City.

As for Microsoft they have been the leaders in this bandwagon race to give away freebies. Originally launched in September at thousands of locations, Microsoft has teamed with mobile ad network JiWire to provide their free WiFi. Micrsoft's WiFi comes with a bit of a twisted added, users must agree to make at least one search on Bing.

The campaign aims to make more people aware of Bing and allow them to try the search engine, according to David Blumenfeld, senior vice president of strategy and business development at JiWire. "We're all creatures of habit, so giving away free Internet access in exchange for one search on Bing is a great way to change user behavior," he says.

No specifics have been released as to where these Microsoft/JiWire hot spots are located just that they are in "
thousands of locations" which are mainly airports and hotels.

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