Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Free Wi-Fi in the airport

While waiting at Dulles Airport for my flight home this weekend, I decided to get a little work done.  I didn’t have a real need to spend the $10 charge to get access to wi-fi in the airport, but I had some items on my computer that I needed to review.  However, when I booted up my computer, I got a surprise.

My internal wi-fi is set to scan for open networks.  And when I turned on the computer, the first thing I saw was an open network entitled “Google Free Wi-Fi.”  I had forgotten that my company was offering free wi-fi in a number of airports this holiday season, as a gift for weary travelers (like me!). 

Here is part of the blog post announcing this holiday gift:
If you're one of the millions of people who will be flying during this busy travel period, chances are you may spend more time in the airport than on the plane itself. So, starting today and lasting through January 15th, we're happy to announce that we will be offering free WiFi in 47 (now 54) airports across the country. You can see the full list of airports here. This is one of our holiday gifts to our users, and, when you connect, we also hope that you'll take the opportunity to try some of the latest Google products. Our hope is that being connected for a few extra minutes (or hours, if you're delayed!) will help make things a bit easier. Be sure to look for the Google signs in an airport near you.
So I was able to log on, pick up some email, and even have a brief conversation with my wife.  All courtesy of Google, and available across the country, with no advertising (just a brief preliminary offer to try igoogle).  

If you are traveling through one of these 54 airports in December (through Jan. 15), make sure you take advantage of this nice option.

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