Sprint recently announced a multi-year agreement with Boingo Wireless to allow its customers to seamlessly switch to Boingo Wi-Fi networks at 35 major U.S. airports. According to the deal, 40 million of Sprint’s customers will have the ability to auto-authenticate with Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots at no additional charge, with any Wi-Fi use not counting against a customer’s monthly data plan. The announcement of the deal marks the end of the market trial Sprint and Boingo had conducted over the past year.
Sprint also noted that as the service expands, customers with Passpoint-enabled devices will be able to use Boingo’s “Passpoint Secure” Wi-Fi networks, which feature enterprise-level security. Also in play is the possibility of expanding the partnership to other airports. In fact, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye wrote that he sees Wi-Fi as “a complementary fourth layer of our network (the first three layers being our 1.9 GHz, 2.5 GHz, and 800 MHz spectrum bands). By enabling customers to move more smoothly between trusted Wi-Fi and cellular, our customers will have a better mobile experience in more locations, all while lowering their cost of data usage.”