Word on the street is that Boingo, who offers for-pay Wi-Fi hotspots at Starbucks, McDonald's, Barnes and Noble, and various hotels, is planning to partner with Verizon to offer their customers free Wi-Fi access.
That's the good news. The bad news is: the "customers" in question will probably be Verizon FIOS and DSL subscribers only, not cell-phone users. Almost not surprising, really, since Verizon has been generally adverse to adding Wi-Fi capabilities to their wireless phone products.
AT&T offers a similar free Wi-Fi access plan for its broadband Internet subscribers; likewise Cablevision, but only to those customers in Long Island, NY.
Also not currently known is whether the service will be regional or global access.
[Via the Wall Street Journal]