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Verizon FiOS/DSL Customers Get Free Wi-Fi Across US 168

Posted by kdawson
from the windows-only dept.
Glenn Fleishman lets us know that Verizon is finally offering nationwide Wi-Fi access to its high-speed Internet customers, long after Cablevision's similar service went live. While Cablevision is building out an in-house network of hotspots, Verizon is relying on a deal with Boingo Wireless — a strategy with both strengths and drawbacks, as Wi-Fi Net News points out. Neither Verizon's nor Boingo's announcement reveals the mechanics of how existing Verizon DSL and FiOS customers will get access, but an AP report spells it out: "To use a hotspot, the customer must install software that works only on computers with Windows Vista or XP installed. Phones, iPods, and Macintosh computers with Wi-Fi can't access the hotspots."
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Verizon FiOS/DSL Customers Get Free Wi-Fi Across US

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  • by Chyeld (713439) <chyeld.gmail@com> on Monday July 27, 2009 @06:45PM (#28845415)

    Given the rich variety provided on this list of supported devices [boingo.com] from Boingo, I would have to say that it must have been intentional douchebaggery on Verizon's part. (i.e. if no one uses the 'free' access, then Verizon doesn't have to pay for it)

  • by linuxguy (98493) on Monday July 27, 2009 @07:00PM (#28845559) Homepage

    AT&T does the same for their broadband customers. Free wifi at McDonald's, Starbucks and many other places. The biggest difference is that you do not need any specially dumb software to connect.

    Verizon on the other hand require particularly dumb software that works only on limited set of OSes and according to this: http://forums.verizon.com/t5/Verizon-at-Home-Blog/Verizon-Brings-Free-Wi-Fi-to-Millions-of-Broadband-Customers/ba-p/59727;jsessionid=51BB9F7245B9EA45C39F3F2F9A5DB41D#A76 [verizon.com]

    sits in the background and continuously scans for a Verizon wifi hotspot. Who comes up with these brain-dead ideas to slow down customers' computers?

    BTW, I am a Verizon FIOS customer and I tried to place a comment on their blog entry, linked above. I could not do that, even after I logged in using my Verizon credentials. They kept asking me to login. But I am already logged in, you dumbasses. Sometimes I wonder how is it that Verizon can stay in business. These people are utterly clueless. And dont get me started on their "customer portal". A bunch of monkey can put together a better user interface than that. I sometimes have to use it to pay bills/update credit card on file etc. And I cringe at the thought of ever having to use it.

  • Re:Level heads (Score:4, Informative)

    by Svartalf (2997) on Monday July 27, 2009 @07:27PM (#28845807) Homepage

    Oh, no... This is truly a Verizon gem.

    Here's the Link [verizon.com]
    And here's the VerizonWiFi link for the service... :-)

    Verizon Wi-Fi is not available for PDAs, phones, desktop PCs or Macs.

    The software's only available for Windows and only intended for "laptops" right at the moment- they're not using Boingo's usual software, it's something special for Verizon.

  • Re:Troll? (Score:4, Informative)

    by layer3switch (783864) on Monday July 27, 2009 @08:15PM (#28846221)
    http://www.boingo.com/download-boingo.php [boingo.com] Assuming this is Boingo network, I don't see how Boingo software can't be used within Boingo network. Currently Boingo supports from Windows XP, Mac OS X, Nokia N series, WindowCE, Blackberry, Android and iPhone/iPod Touch. Most likely Verizon partnership with Boingo is to include the Verizon netbook promo users for branding. I mean, even the most stupidest marketing idiots should be able to see the idiocy in supporting only Windows XP/Vista. I really really really don't want to lose my faith in humanity because of this...
  • by illumin8 (148082) on Tuesday July 28, 2009 @06:16AM (#28849745) Journal

    This seems like a really bone-headed move to me. I'm writing this post from an iPhone at a Cablevision wifi ap right now. Cablevision has consistently improved their service recently to compete with Fios. I just subscribe to basic cable modem, which is your standard $50 a month. Recently they increased the bandwidth to 20 Meg down, 2 Meg up. I really appreciate having good upstream bandwidth. For $10 more a month, if you really want, they'll bump you up to something like 30/5.

    I get free wifi all over the tri-state area and it works with any device. It basically just uses an open AP with an ssl user/pw prompt, so it will work with any device.

    I think once the novelty of "hey I'm getting fiber in my house" wears off you realize that you're stuck in a contract with verizon, and meanwhile your neighbors are getting just as much bandwidth over copper...

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