Partnering with Boingo, the nation’s leading source of public Wi-Fi, MetroPCS phones running Android can now tap into hotspots for free. The LG Optimus M and Huawei Ascend, two of MetroPCS’s Android phones, will now come pre-loaded with special software from a company called Devicescape. The app recognizes 500,000 hotspots that are controlled by Boingo, which would cost other users a monthly or weekly connection fee. For the other 200,000 hotspots that actually cost money, the user would have to pay $7.95 a month fee.
MetroPCS Android Phones Have FREE Wi-Fi
Who needs the Big Four? Up until now, the Big Four, (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have been the only cell phone providers worth mentioning. Now MetroPCS has accomplished what the others haven’t. By offering free Wi-Fi connections at so many hotspots globally, they have made a pre-emptive strike. Unfortunately MetroPCS is not available all over the country yet, but their service areas are expanding rapidly. Surprisingly, MetroPCS already has the fifth highest number of subscribers in the US. The company is known for its low cost service in metropolitan areas. MetroPCS had promised to be the first to deploy an LTE network, and that promise came true in September 2010. Verizon is reportedly going with LTE, but won’t be releasing their first 4G phone until next year.
“We’re creating a platform for the future, for the next 10 years and beyond,” said MetroPCS senior VP Ed Chao in a PC Mag article.
Boingo provides global connection for both mobile phones and laptops. According to Boinigo’s website, now you can connect to Wi-Fi hotspots on your laptop and Wi-Fi enabled Smartphones with Boingo Wi-Fi Combo, the perfect plan for the tech lover or gadget enthusiast. You have one username, one password, and hassle free Wi-Fi. Do you travel a lot? With Boingo you can connect at almost 1,500 airports while you wait for your flight. While some airports provide free Wi-Fi access, many do not. When I was traveling in England it would have been nice to have a Boingo account. I paid as much as £15 per night at some hotels.
Are you fixated on being with one of the Big Four? Are you willing to give MetroPCS a try? If they were here in my area, I sure would! The Big Four should get a little nervous with MetroPCS’s growing threat.