TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: T-Mobile: 450,000 People Paid to Use Wi-Fi

T-Mobile: 450,000 People Paid to Use Wi-Fi

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 13 Jun 2005 13:00:00 CDT

By BRUCE MEYERSON AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- T-Mobile USA disclosed user statistics from its Wi-Fi
business for the first time Monday, reporting that 450,000 customers
have paid to access the wireless Internet service in the past three

The cell phone company declined to provide a year-ago customer tally
for comparison, but did release figures showing a sharp increase in
usage for the service, which provides high-speed Internet access for
laptops at locations such as Starbucks coffee shops, airports and

For example, T-Mobile Hotspot users are staying online an average of
64 minutes per login in 2005, up from 45 minutes last year and 23
minutes in 2003. The total number of log-ins has totaled 3 million in
the past three months, vs. about 8 million in all of 2004.

The Wi-Fi service is a key business for T-Mobile, which unlike many of
its mobile phone rivals is not upgrading its cellular network to
deliver high-speed Internet access in addition to phone service.


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