Intel Pushes Free, Automatic Wi-Fi Service
For Ultrabooks and Intel-Powered Tablets
Intel has announced
that the company will be providing access to a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots for users who buy Ultrabooks and tablets that include Intel's latest chipsets. The offers comes as part of a deal with Devicescape, who operates more than 7 million public hotspots worldwide. Using the Intel's Smart Connect Technology, Intel devices will automatically connect to this network to get e-mails, latest updates (or hey, malware) -- even if the device is in sleep mode.
Judging from the press release, the idea is apparently to help keep notebooks and tablets more consistently connected in the age of cellular -- without using cellular:
"Smartphones have changed end-user expectations around their device experience, and elements of the mobile experience will naturally make their way into personal computers and tablets. These devices shouldn't be offline but should be capable of reaching a network automatically to allow for syncing information and notifications," said David Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. "Intel-based devices will now be able to use our global WiFi Offload Network to do exactly that."
You'll still more than likely find yourself consistently out of range of Devicescape's network, though the company claims they add roughly 30,000 new hotspots a day.
Yipee I guess at this rate they will have more than 17 million hot spots a year from now...
.:|:. aztec being aztec...
said by aztecnology:Go here, put in an address and see if there is a devicescape wifi hotspot near you:
I guess at this rate they will have more than 17 million hot spots a year from now...
Re: Yipee Looks like its mostly wifi at people's houses...
i like it how it is i guess i am just a little uncomfortable with a carrier, manufacture and/or OS provider getting in the middle of wifi.
i believe it is really healthy to have homes and small business deal directly with individuals on wifi access. i also like the control of manually picking and choosing wifi connections as i need them.
no if intel and devicescape want to build metro sized wifi hotspots and provide free internet to people who buy intel chipset machines that would be really cool. but if i understand correctly these are mostly free hotspots already it is just the login that is simplified.
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Depends many things on free wifi like this are blocked so its pretty useless if you want to do things OTHER than check email.
FORGET any video sites as they'll be blocked.