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FreedomPop’s $5 WiFi Plan Whittles Wireless Bills

FreedomPop on Wednesday announced a new plan that provides Android smartphone users with access to 10 million WiFi hotspots across the U.S. for $5 a month. That sum will give any smartphone or tablet -- regardless of any carrier service it might have -- unlimited talk, text and data on FreedomPop's ...

How to Get Online Away From Home or Work

Ever since the days of the fax machine and clamshell PC, I've delighted in the concept of working away from home or office. I have fond memories of lugging those clunkers in and out of motel rooms through bone-chilling blizzards and driving rain from the back of my car -- adding to the carry-load, c...

Samsung Pours On the Marketing Pressure With Galaxy Tab 3 Launch

Samsung on Monday announced pricing and other details for its 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 family. All three are WiFi-enabled and will be available in the U.S. on July 7. Samsung began taking preorders on Tuesday. Pricing ranges from $200 to $400. They will come with hundreds of dollars' worth ...

Waiting for WiFi

WiFi was supposed to effortlessly connect us to the world on the run. Instead we're all on the run seeking a connection. We skip from airport to coffee shop, from cell connection to hotel hook-up, constantly trying to pace connects and disconnects with our physical location of the moment. We are, in...

Boingo Serves Up All-You-Can-Eat Worldwide WiFi

International business travelers will be able to access the Internet for a flat monthly fee through more than 100,000 wireless hotspots around the world under a new service announced Monday by Boingo Wireless. Boingo, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based aggregator of WiFi networks, said its new service wil...

The Hot Spot Security Fable

Hot spots, which provide travelers and nomads with a quick and easy way to access the Internet, have grown in popularity -- there are now more than 100,000 scattered across the globe. Consumers and businesspeople can walk into coffee shops, fast food restaurants, hotels, office buildings and even mu...

Next-Gen Devices May Integrate Cellular, WiFi Connectivity

A growing number of consumers are walking around with a cell phone for voice communications and a laptop for data connections. Soon, that may no longer be necessary, as handset vendors are delivering new devices and carriers are rolling out new services that support both cellular and WiFi connection...

Carriers Looking to Tie WLANs, Cellular Networks Together

Mobile phones are supposed to make it easy for individuals to move from place to place while staying connected to important people and information. Sometimes, however, cellular networks do not deliver on that promise, especially when a user walks inside a building. Alleviating that problem is one re...

Skype, Boingo Planning VoIP for Hot Spots

Voice over Internet Protocol provider Skype and wireless hot spot operator Boingo Wireless have announced a new service that combines each company's technologies. Currently a beta service, Skype Zones is a custom version of Boingo software that will allow Skype's 45 million-plus users to access Inte...

Skype, Boingo Team to Bring VoIP to WiFi Hotspots

Voice over Internet Protocol provider Skype and wireless hotspot operator Boingo Wireless today announced a new service that combines each company's technologies. Currently a beta service, Skype Zones is a custom version of Boingo software that will allow Skype's 45 million-plus users to access Int...

Vonage Appears on Verge of Wireless VoIP

Vonage, one of the early leaders among independent providers of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, is reportedly working out the final bugs in a WiFi-compatible service that could launch at any time. A Vonage spokesman did not return calls seeking comment, but several published reports say...

The Challenges of Integrating Cellular and WiFi Networks

Up to now there hasn't been a connection between cellular and WiFi networks, but that situation is expected to change soon. Cell phone vendors are getting ready to deliver new handsets, and carriers are rolling out new services that support the two wireless options. "There is no doubt that there wil...

FCC Spectrum Increase Gives Wireless “Room for the Technology To Grow”

Looking to head off the kind of communications crowding and interference that has disrupted emergency services in times of crisis -- and to make room for the continued growth of 802.11 WiFi and other wireless devices, networks and services -- the Federal Communications Commission opened up a large c...

Microsoft, HP Announce New Products at Telecom World

Mobile computing and wireless networking received a boost this week as Microsoft and HP announced new products at ITU Telcom World in Geneva, Switzerland. While HP unleashed a tsunami of product announcements on Sunday, it was Microsoft that had analysts buzzing on Monday with the unveiling of its W...

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