Sprint Corporation (NASDAQ:S) has successfully agreed on a multi-year deal with the leading DAS and WiFi provider Boingo Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ:WIFI) to provide its customers a seamless access to Boingo’s WiFi networks in approximately 35 airports in the United States.
The new deal will Sprint consumers who also happen to be frequent flyers a chance to get faster data speed with a clear WiFi calling feature. Users should have a Sprint device with WiFi Calling option enabled. As the carrier’s recent Android smartphones as well as Apple iPhones have the new WiFi Calling feature enabled, it won’t take any complication to access to Boingo’s WiFi networks.
The Sprint-Boingo deal covers around 35 airports in the US right now, which could further expand to few more airports in coming days. These airports include Dallas Love Field, Boston Logan, Chicago O’Hare, Charlotte Douglas International and New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
When a qualified Sprint subscriber reaches to the proximity of Boingo’s WiFi hotspot, the device will auto-authenticate to the secure wireless network without asking users to enter a user-ID and password. On the top of that, business users can securely browse through their respective corporate VPNs – thanks to the compatibility of Passport-enabled Sprint devices on Boingo’s ‘Passport Secure’ networks across airports in the US.
Sprint CTO Stephen Bye released a statement:
“With Wi-Fi being the world’s largest wireless ecosystem, we view it as a highly complementary layer to our network. By enabling customers to move seamlessly between secure Wi-Fi and cellular, our customers will have a better mobile experience in more locations, all while lowering their cost of data usage.”
“Boingo’s relationship with Sprint removes the traditional barriers between Wi-Fi and cellular service,” said David Hagan, Chief Executive Officer for Boingo Wireless. “Sprint is a market leader with the integration of Wi-Fi and cellular, which is a very customer centric solution to provide an always-best-connected experience through either network.”
In this way, Sprint is trying to lure in more business-grade subscribers (or may be trying to hold them) by providing them free access to the internet and WiFi calling across these qualified airports. This deal could change the way of providing a seamless connection to any carrier’s customers. This will also pressurize other service providers to come up with similar offers to its customers.
Earlier this week, Sprint has also introduced a new data plan for tablet buyers, which cuts 50 percent of the data cost of tablets when activating a new handset or upgrading an existing handset and activating a tablet. The 50 percent off tablet plan offer is available with 100MB and 1GB data plans, bringing the cost down to $5 per month (100MB) or $7.50 per month (1GB) for six months (excluding taxes and surcharges). The offer is available in Sprint stores and Sprint Telesales.
[ Source ]