Wifi Hotspot Directories
Here are some of the top Google hits for wifi hotspot directories. Interesting to see the third tier actually building networks:
* “Node DB”:http://www.nodedb.org/. Wireless node database.
* PDAStreet: Software: Other Internet & Communications: WiFi HotSpot Directory. An Excel spreadsheet of access points.
* “Riverwalk Directory”:http://www.makewirelesswork.com/directory.htm. Another directory. I think this is the actual content of the one above.
* “Wifi Freenet”:http://www.wififreenet.com/. Only free access points are listed here. Not much there, but interesting to see what people try.
* “Hotspot Locations”:http://www.hotspot-locations.com/. A pretty complete directory it seems.
Interesting third tier WISPs:
* “Seattle Wireless”:http://seattlewireless.com. Seattle’s local hotspots. Note that they are now charging for this.
* “PersonalTelco”:http://www.personaltelco.net/. Portland based hotspots. They have 158 locations right now.
* “aXess2go”:http://aXess2go. Has 14 hotspots right now.
Finally, here are the big boys who are creating the biggest underlying networks:
* “T-Mobile”:http://locations.hotspot.t-mobile.com/. 2,300 locations and counting. Interesting to see how many are airports. Of course they are also doing Starbucks and will do Borders and Kinkos. They are now doing $20/month with no commitment for T-mobile customers. Wow.
* “Wayport”:http://www.wayport.com/locations. They are in 10 airports and 500 hotels right now. Their pricing remains high at $30 with a one year agreement.
Here are the consortium folks who are aggregating:
* “Airpass”:http://isps.net/Directory/. A roaming consortium provided by Airpath. They do provide hotspot services, manage hotspots and provide roaming. This is based in Toronto and is looking for financing. A partner with “RovingIP”:http://rovingip.net.
* “iPass”:http://ipass.com/. Has existing customers, owned hotspots and roaming. They have 1,000 APs from 11 underlying networks.
* “GRIC”:http://gric.com. They have a global network. Charges $30/month.
* “Boingo”:http://boingo.com. They have 1,300 “locations”:http://www.boingo.com/search.html now through roaming agreements with Wayport in particular.
Analysts are trying to get a handle. With roaming agreements there is much double counting.
* “How Many Hotspots are there?”:http://www.gric.com/articles/1_03_80211_planet.html. A good analysis of who has actually deployed what as of January 2003.