Why should T-Mobile users have all the fun? Today Alltel Wireless announced their own WiFi service, powered by Boingo, one of the US' largest WiFi hotspot providers. The service targets notebooks rather than phones, and will be offered as a bundle with EV-DO service for an additional $9.99/month.
Here's the press release:
"Alltel Wireless Launches New Wi-Fi Solution Alltel introduces Wi-Fi to provide customers with access to thousands of hotspots
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- Whether staying in a hotel, waiting for a flight or drinking a latte at the local coffee shop, Alltel customers can now connect to the Internet virtually anywhere. Alltel Wireless, America?s largest network providing coverage across the nation, today launched Alltel Wi-Fi, an easy-to-use solution powered by Boingo Wireless that instantly provides customers with laptop access to thousands of hotspots throughout North and South America. Alltel also provides wireless broadband access via Alltel Wireless Internet service, allowing customers to access the Internet from their laptop or smartphone at speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps on its nationwide data network.
Through Alltel?s relationship with Boingo, the world?s largest network of Wi-Fi hotspots, Alltel customers will be able to enjoy a fast connection all over the country. To provide customers with maximum coverage, Alltel is offering a Wi-Fi and EVDO Wireless Internet ?bundle,? delivering unlimited Wi-Fi access from any supported hotspot starting as low as $9.99 per month, in addition to the customers? Wireless Internet Plan. Pre-paid Wi-Fi cards are available at Alltel Wireless retail stores for $19.99 per week or $9.99 per day. Additionally, users can purchase Wi-Fi access at https://wifi.alltel.com.
?Wi-Fi is an excellent complement to Alltel's existing portfolio of wireless internet solutions and is a good fit with Alltel?s strategy to provide customers with more ways to connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, or corporate intranet,? said David Maddox, director of product marketing for Alltel Wireless. ?Alltel customers will get the best available wireless broadband connection throughout the country with EVDO and Wi-Fi from Alltel.?
Alltel (NYSE: AT) is owner and operator of the nation's largest wireless network and has 12 million wireless customers. For more information, please visit www.alltel.com."
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview