WiFi set for landing

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  1. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Logan to launch free, upgraded paid services for wireless Net access


    By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff *|* June 23, 2004


    Logan International Airport will be hot today -- not just with temperatures forecast to be above 80, but with a new web of wireless Internet access hot spots blanketing all four terminals.

    After more than a month of testing, Logan officials are launching a new two-tier WiFi service that will give travelers free access to flight schedules, airport information, and news headlines at LoganWiFi.com.

    Unlimited access to the Internet will cost $7.95 a day; no hourly rate is offered.

    The $2 million-plus telecommunications network that's powering the new WiFi access in terminals B, C, and D -- the international terminal, E, began offering WiFi in February -- will also support secure private wireless access for airlines, officials at the Boston airport, and State Police. They can use the network for everything from gaining access to law-enforcement databases to processing baggage.



    As WiFi becomes an increasingly common -- but still pricey -- amenity for business travelers in places like airports, hotels, and convention centers, some industry analysts say Logan's mix of free and paid services may prove to be a popular new approach. The Manchester, N.H., airport, which began offering WiFi this month, offers a similar package of free airport and flight-delay information, with full Net access for $7 daily.http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2004/06/23/wifi_set_for_landing/
     
  2. Frohickey macrumors 6502a

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    WiFi at an airport?!!!

    Only thing I wouldl use WiFi on the airport for is a webcam that is attached to the baggage screening x-ray machine. :eek:
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

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    Or chatting with family and friends while your plane is delayed for 8 hours! Thank you LAX!
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Considering how secure that airport has been, imagine how secure their network will be. :rolleyes: It's likely that any 5 year old would be able to break into confidential information.
     
  5. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6

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    In the actual article in the Business section of the Globe is a picture of Tom Niblock checking the net. Also a cute little girl to his left. Tom is waiting on a flight to Ireland. The best part is that he has a 15" PowerBook on his lap.

    It would seem that the $6.95 would only be worth the cost if you were spending a long wait.
     
  6. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Given that we are asked to get to the airports 1 to 2 hours before a flight, wi-fi is a great idea. Though I find daily fees of $8 to be too high. $8 a day for a hotel that I am staying might be worth it. $4 for airport access would be more like it.

    I guess I'll be keeping my LG5350 and Sprint Vision access for my PB.
     
  7. virividox macrumors 601

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    hmmmm im never really in transit long enough to use wifi, but i guess maybe i would use it if i had more than a 2 hour lay over
     
  8. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Even with my limited travel I generally find myself with an hour or two of "dead" time at the airports now. Cheap and fast internet would be nice.
     

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