Boingo is a widely known provider of Wi-Fi services the world over, providing one of the biggest worldwide networks of Wi-Fi hotspots in existence. Deutsche Telekom is the parent company of T-Mobile, one of the most well-known providers of cellular service in the world. Now, they’re teaming up to bring Boingo’s paid internet access to international flights.
Lufthansa trips both inside Germany as well as to Canada and the US will soon let you pay with your Boingo account to stay online while you’re in the air, using Deutsche Telekom’s broadband internet access as the conduit.
More airlines will be coming soon.
The official press release follows, some good news for people like me who go crazy if they’re offline more than a few hours.
Boingo Customers Gain International In-Flight Wi-Fi Access
Deutsche Telekom Partnership Includes Intercontinental Flights for Lufthansa, More Airlines to Come
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry’s leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced an agreement with Deutsche Telekom (DT) to give Boingo customers access to in-flight Wi-Fi services on international flights – including intercontinental routes – through DT’s on-board communication service.
The Wi-Fi service will be initially available to Boingo customers traveling on select Lufthansa flights between the airline’s hubs in Germany and destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Additional airlines will be made available in the future as DT expands service offerings.
“International travelers should have the opportunity to be as productive in the air as on the ground, especially during long-haul flights,” said Bjorn Thorngren, director of EMEA for Boingo Wireless. “DT’s service provides one more valuable way Boingo customers can use their account to stay connected on the go.”
Boingo customers will have access to on-board broadband Internet via their laptops or mobile devices using DT’s Wi-Fi service. They can log in via the roaming links on the web-based interface now, and the easy-to-use Boingo Wi-Finder app will be enabled for access in the near future. In-flight access is a premium service and is not included in monthly Boingo plans. Boingo customers will incur separate charges for Wi-Fi access that will be billed direct to their existing account.