LOS ANGELES--()--Boingo Wireless, the global leader in Wi-Fi, today announced that ASUS Eee PC™ netbooks will be pre-loaded with Boingo software, allowing ASUS users to easily locate and access more than 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Additionally, ASUS customers will be offered 50% discounts on Boingo’s most popular Wi-Fi access services.
“ASUS’ award-winning Eee PC platform is the ideal device to benefit from a Boingo account”
The agreement between Boingo and ASUS, the market pioneer in ultra mobile Internet devices, highlights the benefits of connectivity on-the-go with compact PC form factors. Initially, the Boingo software will be pre-installed on the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, 1008P, and 1201IN. Support for additional ASUS ultra mobile PCs will be announced as they become available.
“ASUS’ award-winning Eee PC platform is the ideal device to benefit from a Boingo account,” said Allen Pan, director, Asia Pacific for Boingo Wireless. “Small, lightweight and ultra-portable – an Eee PC with worldwide access to Wi-Fi hotspots is a great addition to any digital nomad’s arsenal.”
“With its simple-to-use software and global Wi-Fi service, Boingo is the perfect fit for ASUS Eee PC users, who are accustomed to a user-friendly, highly intuitive computing experience,” said James Tung, Senior Section Manager Software Planning & Management Dept. Product Marketing Division for ASUS. “In addition, Boingo’s widespread network of more than 125,000 hotspots caters to highly mobile netbook users who can connect just about anywhere.”
Netbooks have become wildly popular due to their light weight, low price points and compact size. According to DisplaySearch, an independent analyst firm, 2009 netbook shipments increased 103% compared to the previous year. Asus, who pioneered the netbook category in 2007 when it launched the Eee PC 701 and Eee PC 1001, ranks among the world’s top vendors in sales and market share, according to research firms Canalys, DisplaySearch and IDC.
The ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, 1008P, and 1201IN with Boingo pre-installed are available immediately worldwide. Customers receive 50% off the first three months of Boingo Unlimited or 50% off the first month of Boingo Global accounts; after the promotion period, the accounts will revert to standard charges. A Boingo Unlimited subscription is $9.95 per month for access in the Americas, while a Boingo Global plan costs $59 per month for worldwide Wi-Fi access. To activate the promotional Boingo account on an ASUS EeePC, users simply sign up through the software or visit the promotional page provided by ASUS.
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc., the global market leader in Wi-Fi, makes it simple and easy for people to enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 125,000 hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users can logon to the Boingo Network locations that include the top airports around the world, major hotel chains, cafés and coffee shops, restaurants, and metropolitan hot zones. Boingo, and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary, operate wired and wireless networks at 55 airports worldwide, including 29 of the top 100 North American airports, as well as the WSDOT Ferries Division Wi-Fi network. For more information about Boingo, please visit http://www.boingo.com.
Boingo, Boingo Wireless, Boingo Mobile, the Boingo Wireless Logo and Don’t Just Go. Boingo! are registered trademarks of Boingo Wireless, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.
ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than eight thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek’s “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years. ASUS was also selected by the Wall Street Journal Asia as No.1 in quality and service in Taiwan.