Brits have become so reliant on smartphones and tablets on holiday, that having to pay for Wi-Fi is now one of our top ‘holiday hates’. What’s more, one in 20 of us actually admit we would rather spend time online, than with our partners on holiday.
Westminster City Council has joined forces with O2 to bring free Wi-Fi to the busiest parts of London ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games. Anyone in the area - which includes Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament - with a smartphone or tablet device will now be able to access Wi-Fi.
Business visitors to Kyoto will now have free access to Wi-Fi throughout the city. The scheme, which is the largest municipal scheme in Japan, is being launched in a bid to satisfy the needs of smart phone and tablet computer users attending conference and meeting events.
Towerstream Corporation and Boingo Wireless have signed an agreement that will allow Boingo to manage internet services across the state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network in New York City’s Manhattan borough that is operated by Towerstream. The network will broadcast the “Boingo Hotspot” SSID and deliver a full Boingo retail experience.
WiFi provider Airangel has appointed former sales director Dean Wilkinson as managing director, after he doubled the company’s turnover to £1.4m in the last year.
The Philippines Department of Health, Tarlac Provincial Health Office and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM - News), through its Wireless Reach™ initiative, today announced the successful completion of the Wireless Access for Health project’s pilot phase. The project participants leveraged their expertise and resources in public health, medical care, technology and training to create an electronic health record system that meets the needs of health care decision makers on varying levels, ranging from midwives to doctors to policy makers. Results at the conclusion of the pilot phase, which recorded over 12,000 patient consultations, indicate that such a system is not only feasible and improves patient care in rural health clinics, but also has a real impact for decision makers.
Virgin America just announced free Wi-Fi over the holidays - and it is quite a definition of the holiday season - almost as long as Bloomingdales defines it - November 10th to January 15th.