Starting from today, Boingo, the global market leader in Wi-Fi services, will provide Wi-Fi to New York residents absolutely free. The move is sponsored by Google Offers and the service has been implemented currently in six subway stations and more than 200 hotspot locations across the Megapolis. Eventually, the plan is to extend the free Wi-Fi signals to every underground station in New York City.
“We’re glad our riders will be able to access free Wi-Fi this summer in six subway stations to stay connected while they’re underground,” MTA director of strategic initiatives Jerome Page said in a statement. “Reliable Wi-Fi is an important benefit for straphangers in New York City subway stations.”
Here is a list of the six subway stations which currently have free Wi-Fi:
A, C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
L station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 23rd Street
1, 2, 3 station at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street
F, M station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
L station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
Whereas the free offer last only till September 7, Boingo’s plan is to turn every tube station wireless in a phased plan. Initially 36 major stations such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Columbus Circle will get their own Wi-Fi connection and eventually over the next five years, almost every one of the 300 stations will get Wi-Fi, providing an average of 1.6 billion people wireless internet services in a year.
Google offers is a “deal of the day” web service which offers people, online coupons to local merchant outlets and restaurants. It is a service similar to Groupon, but the offers are not limited by the number of people using the offer during its duration