Google And Microsoft Battling To See Who Can Provide More Free Holiday WiFi
When the tech world's two major borgs square off for travelers' time and attention, that can only be good news for the rest of us. Google had already arranged for free WiFi on Virgin America flights andas of this morningthey're also giving it away at more than 40 airports across the country. But that's small time compared to the deal Microsoft just struck to promote their search engine Bing.
Bing has worked out an arrangement with WiFi provider JiWire which will allow users to get free Internet in exchange for doing just one search on Bing. This is a campaign that will reach all of JiWire's hotspots which, more or less, amounts to just about everywhere:
Microsoft's Bing and JiWire will announce... an advertising campaign, along with the results, that lets consumers gain free WiFi Internet access at participating hot spots in exchange for one search on the engine. Supported by JiWire's mobile advertising network, which reaches about 20 million unique consumers monthly, Bing's nationwide campaign runs across WiFi hotspots in airports and hotels.... JiWire works with between 60% and 70% of all North American passenger airline services and hotel chains.
Add this to eBay's free WiFi deal with Delta, and there are very few places this winter where travelers won't be able to get WiFi. The only catch is that they'll have to be traveling extensively during the holiday season, and with all due respect to Microsoft, Google, eBay, and everyone else, traveling hardcore during the busiest season is not worth it.
· Microsoft Bing Gives WiFi Users Free Search [YYY]
· Free WiFi Coverage [Jaunted]
· WiFi Coverage [Jaunted]