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According to Boingo Wireless- iPad is #2 WiFi Device



Boingo Wireless is a great service providing wi-fi access to thousands of hotspots and airports around the country.  It just works.  I have used it many times when I travel and have been thankful I coughed up the extra few dollars.  People connect their laptops, netbooks, iPods and iPhones using Boingo every day.

Well, according to a post over at MediaBistro, the number one connected device on Boingo’s network is the iPhone, the number two…is the iPad.

Apple’s iPhone is the #1 device found using Boingo’s wireless service in airports. It accounts for almost 90% of of non-notebook devices using Boingo’s WiFi. But, look what turned up as the #2 device:

iPad Now Second Most Popular Mobile Wi-Fi Device in Boingo Airports

The iPad accounted for 5.4% of non-notebook device connections. And, check out what came in after it.

Apple’s Latest Market Changer Surpasses Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile

So, the distribution of device WiFi use on Boingo’s airport network looks like this:

~90% iPhone
5.4% iPad
2.5% Android
Less than 2% BlackBerry
Less than 2% iPod touch
Less than 1% Windows Mobile

For a device that has been out for less than a week, all I can say is damn.  And to Boingo’s infrastructure team, time to do a network upgrade!



  1. gEEk

    04/08/2010 at 7:59 am

    The key phrase in this article is “of non-notebook devices.” The iPad is intended to compete with notebooks for surfing and media consumption. So the iPad should be included in the breakdown of the notebook devices to illustrate how successful Apple is at displacing notebooks. But then that probably wouldn’t have helped Boingo get some free press thanks to the iPad.

  2. CHrisRS

    04/08/2010 at 8:55 am

    iPads are “new”. I suspect there is a desire to check out how well the new tool/toy works. This number could drop when the novelty wears off and G3 iPads become available.

  3. pyrotechnomimus

    04/08/2010 at 9:08 am

    I don’t see how accessing wifi is a good thing. If you have a good signal on your phone, you’d never switch over to the boingo wifi service. When I’m at the airport I don’t switch to their service for my phone, because I usually have 3-5 bars and my phone is no extra charge beyond the monthly I already pay. I also live in SF where the number 1 device for the attempted citywide free wifi is also the iPhone, and I’m sure soon the iPad will be up there. But that’s AT&T not getting even remotely good service in most places in SF, but my sprint phone jams along just fine. I’m never sitting there going, “Wow, my mobile internet is super slow for this facebook app, or google search.” But I’m sure plenty of people on iPhones and soon to be iPad owners will feel the crunch of AT&T’s less-than-stellar internet.

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