7 thoughts on “Boingo goes flat. And that's good”

  1. but when compared to paying like $60 for two days, it doesn’t seem that much i think a lot of us would settle for $55. But the price is going to fall, as others would try and match this price, or even beat boingo on the price.

  2. Couple of thoughts. First, T-Mobile only charges $20 per month if you make a one-year commitment as a voice customer; it’s $30 per month otherwise. Both plans have cancellation penalties, too! The month to month has a fee when you halt automatic recurring billing.

    Despite T-Mobile having international operations, their $20-$30 per month fee for customers only includes 8,500 U.S. location. Overseas T-Mobile and related hotspots are metered but can be billed to the same account.

    To Bob WiMax Kim, I’d note that mobile WiMax prices haven’t yet been set yet for rates the correspond to Wi-Fi hotspots and their backhaul. Clearwire will already charge you $30+ per month for their proprietary flavor of WiMax, they have limited coverage, no mobility adapters yet (just nomadic ones), and offer just 128 Kbps upstream on their cheaper plan. Wi-Fi backhaul can be poor, but at “professional” locations like airports and so forth, upstream speeds tend to be much higher, thus useful for uploading photographs, business presentations, and other stuff.

    There are no current plans for mobile WiMax roaming among carriers. The earliest that might happen could be 2009 or later, unless Sprint and Clearwire strike a roaming deal and work hard to make it happen in 2008.

    Om, you note, “Even if one can use this flat rate plan for say two months while traveling through Europe or moving around Asia, this seems to be worth it.” It’s probably useful to note that Boingo is month to month, no cancellation fees, which means that you can use it at will in a given month by turning the account on and off.

  3. Yes, Glenn you are right about the cancellation fees on t-mobile, and also about the month-to-month nature of boingo’s plans. i like this deal since i do travel internationally and hopefully others will follow suit as well.

    thanks for your excellent analysis.

  4. If you purchase Deutsche Telekom’s most expensive Internet (16mbit) and Telephone (2 lines via ISDN incl up to 10 numbers) package for around 60€ you can use all of their Routers for free. I haven’t found out whether that goes worldwide or is limited to Germany but it is at least a starting point

  5. Reliable Coverage and access point, global billing and everything does cost money to set up. I am all for them earning a decent amount of money and if I want a service, I have to pay for it. So far, we are on the same side I would assume.

    I think it is time for them to recognize that actually there is a group of biz people who runs around the world (from the point of the providers) and wants reliable, cost effective access.

    If they go on charging premium, other modells will emerge – think high hotel costs for phones. Who does use them anymore for other than calls to the reception and other rooms? Yes some people still do – but those are not the ones they wanted to bill.

    Especially having a global player like T-Mobile it is a shame they do not understand to offer me a product which caters to my needs. (And i would be satisfied with Europe and the US for a beginning …)

    Re boingo – I only have seen their network in London once. So great if they offer a flatrate but bad if I cannot use it.

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