Wake me when the story is over: Time tells old, boring story slightly inaccurately: Time Magazine paints a very dull picture of an exciting field by printing a story that, minus a few statistics, could have appeared over a year ago. After opening with a twist on the usual coffeeshop story, the Time story reads pretty close to the picture I painted in February 2001 in the New York Times. Ah, well, this is an article for folks who don't know anything about Wi-Fi.
Instead of even mentioning Intel's Centrino marketing campaign and system which could drive Wi-Fi use through simple awareness and branding. This is a European story from Time's overseas division, but it only mentions a single prices -- about 8 euros an hour -- for a single hot spot operator without mentioning, say, Telia's pricing in Sweden or any operator in the US.
It gets T-Mobile's acquisition of MobileStar's assets wrong; T-Mobile didn't buy the company or assume the debt. The writer also misstates Boingo's purpose by identifying it as a company that helps sniff and connect to networks.