It’s a new year, so I’m making my annual attempt to get more organised. To help me with this plan, yesterday I:
- Upgraded to Hiveminder Pro (on the basis that if I pay for a product I’ll be more likely to use it)
- Starting playing with I Want Sandy (a service that I had signed up for months ago but had never really used)
- Upgraded my N800 to run OS2008 (because shinier toys are more likely to be played with)
The old gits in the audience will realise which of those got me humming an old Bow Wow Wow hit.
Looking in more detail at the N800, it seems that its usefulness grows massively when it’s connected to the internet (I suppose there’s a clue in the way Nokia describe it as an “internet tablet”) and that means I probably need to sign up with a wireless provider.
Nokia have two suggestions for wireless providers. When I bought my N800 it came with literature that was really plugging The Cloud. This gives you a 30 day free trial and then connectivity through any of The Cloud’s access points for £10 a month. The OS2008 upgrade comes with adverts that heavily plug Boingo. This plan will give me access to their access points for £4 a month.
Seems like an obvious choice, you might think. But it’s not as simple as that. Looking at Boingo’s list of locations in London, many of them seem to be run in conjunction with other providers and at some of those you get charged by the minute for using the service – on top of the monthly fee.
Boingo’s international aspect is also appealing. But I spend the vast majority of my time in London. So I need a plan that’s going to give me good access to wireless in London.
So, I’m open to advice. Have any of you used Boingo or The Cloud? Do you have any opinions on the quality of their service? Who should I sign up with?
Update: I’ve received an email (some time ago I must confess) from Christian Gunning, the marketing manager at Boingo. He points out that I badly misunderstood their web site. The plan I should be looking at is called Boingo Mobile and it incurs no extra per-minute charges.
Thanks for Christian for putting me right.