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Bozii, a hotspot aggregator, says it now offers access to 3,500 hotspots in the UK: Networks that are part of the Bozii service include BT Openzone, Surf and Sip, and Net-Near-U, among others. Customers, who have several pricing options including £34.99 per month for unlimited access, can send an SMS to receive a message back about the nearest hotspot.
Bozii’s 3,500 hotspots compares with Boingo’s 4,200 locations in the UK. Boingo charges $21.95 for unlimited access, but many Boingo locations in the UK also charge $0.25 per minute in addition to the monthly fee.
It’s clear that the market is still trying to figure out the best way to approach customers. There are currently a wide variety of approaches, ranging from independent service providers, aggregators and something in between, i.e., The Cloud. The goal seems to be offering customers the most available hotspots as possible. While there are a few standouts, unfortunately, it’s still not possible to sign up for a single, reasonably priced subscription and be relatively assured that you’ll get access to every hotspot.
Posted by nancyg at January 7, 2005 1:55 PM
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