Boingo has wifi hot spots all over the world. That used to be useful to me because many airports had Boingo wifi and a Boingo plan was a good way to buy internet versus pay per use. American Express offers free unlimited Boingo access to Platinum and Starwood credit card members.
Most airports offer free wifi now, I carry my own mifi device, and I can tether to my phone. Internationally T-Mobile offers data roaming at no extra charge with their Simple Choice plan and other carriers are coming down on price (AT&T’s International Day Passes allow phone use as though you’re at home for $10 a day in many countries). Boingo just isn’t as useful to me as it was a few years ago.
US Mobile has a similar hot spot service but there’s one unique kicker that makes them different than Boingo: they cover inflight internet, too and their service is cheaper to buy than Boingo’s plans similar to Amex unlimited if you were paying.
Their unlimited wifi $10 a month plan includes inflight, with service provided by iPass. iPass partners with both Gogo and Panasonic to provide inflight internet.
As it is I spend $50 a month for unlimited gogo internet on American. It seems as though this service should provide me with unlimited Gogo on American and other airlines and satellite service from Panasonic as well — for $10 a month.
US Mobile sells this independently of cell service. You just need to buy a plan and download their app. The reference to apps though made me a bit nervous since I still use Windows 7 Professional, wanting to avoid anything more recent on my laptop. However that appears to be fine.
I haven’t used this yet but it seems like something I should try because it offers the potential to save me quite a bit I’m money. I’d love to hear from any readers that may have used this before, what are your experiences?