Verizon To Offer Free Wi-Fi To FIOS, DSL Customers While Giving The Finger To Wireless Users

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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]

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