Boingo Wi-Finder App Updated with In-App Payment Option

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    Hotspot Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless today updated its Boingo Wi-Finder iOS app, adding the ability to sign up for a Wi-Fi subscription within the app itself. Boingo, which operates more than 600,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, offers connectivity to any Boingo hotspot for $7.99 per month.

    With iTunes integration, signing up for mobile Wi-Fi using Boingo is a simpler task, requiring just a few taps. Previously, users were required to sign up for a Boingo account outside of the app. The purchase is billed as a subscription, which will continue on at $7.99 per month unless cancelled.
    The in-app plan appears to be limited to the iPhone, the iPad, and the iPod touch, though the company also offers a similarly priced mobile plan on its website that supports any two mobile devices.

    Boingo Wi-Finder is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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    so, how much mobile broadband does $7.99/mo get me and do I have the time to locate a hotspot & sign-on?
     
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    This actually makes me happy... I travel too infrequently to actively subscribe to a hotspot service, and one of the things that stops me from buying hotspot time ala carte when I am in a public place like an airport is that I really don't want to have to flash my CC in public.
     
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    Good move, though they should have done this ages ago. There's been a few times at airports or on holiday where I've considered using their hotspot, but couldn't be bothered to enter all my details. They would've had my money if I could sign in using my iTunes password, and will probably get my money in future now.

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  7. BruiserB, May 7, 2013
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    This is actually cool news as I like to use the Boingo plan just when I travel overseas, but once you start a subscription with them online (an easy process), it requires a phone call with sometimes more than 30 minutes on hold to cancel the subscription once you're finished traveling (a hard process). And each time I want to resubscribe I've been forced to choose a new user ID as they permanently disable the cancelled account. With iTunes it should be much easier to manage.

    I wonder if it will be possible to activate more than one device on the same subscription? Usually in app purchases are valid on all devices. Has anyone tried this? Even if they can't be simultaneously logged in, it would be a great deal....sometimes I like to use the iPhone and other times the iPad.


    Edit: I just read the app description and it says it's possible to use the subscription on all of your devices.



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    Although the one downside is that you'll probably have to initiate the subscription when you have connectivity....unless they have some way to allow their app to contact the App Store when you aren't on an active connection. So it wouldn't be very handy for impulse subscribing.

    Edit: also in the app description it confirms that wifi connection is necessary to initiate subscription. Seems like they could figure out a way to allow just the subscription process to occur....instead of contacting their server to verify account it could pass through to the iTunes Store.
     
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    Agreed there's not a huge need for it in the US, but it's great,when traveling overseas. Easy log in to most "local" pay wifi networks at prices that are usually less than those networks charge.
     
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    Fon as an Alternative

    Why don't you use FON its got 8 million Wi Fi spots world wide. Its free if you share some of your own home broadband - though you might need to buy one of it modems cost $50 if yours is not compatible. Fon.com and there is an App too
     

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