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Google Offers Free WiFi in Airports this Christmas

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

Google just keeps on giving!

Just before Halloween, Google announced that it would be providing free WiFi on all Virgin America flights over the holiday period. Today the company announced that it would provide free WiFi at 47 airports around the country.

Starting today and running through until January 15, Google, together with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group, Airport Marketing Income are providing those traveling home for the holidays with free WiFi in nearly 50 airports around America.

Those of you interested in giving back can donate money any of the three non-profits Google has selected. These are Climate Savers Computing, One Economy Corporation and Engineers Without Borders USA. Once connected you'll see a link to donate via Google Checkout. At the end of the program (you know, when January rolls around and we're all flat broke), Google will match the donations, donating up to a maximum $250,000 across the three non-profits. The airport that collects the most will also receive $15,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Check the list below to see if you'll be getting free WiFi this Christmas!

Austin (AUS)
Baltimore (BWI)
Billings (BIL)
Boston (BOS)
Bozeman (BZN)
Buffalo (BUF)
Burbank (BUR)
Central Wisconsin (CWA)
Charlotte (CLT)
Des Moines (DSM)
El Paso (ELP)
Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Fort Myers/SW (RSW)
Greensboro (GSO)
Houston (HOU)
Houston Bush (IAH)
Indianapolis (IND)
Jacksonville (JIA)
Kalamazoo (AZO)
Las Vegas (LAS)
Louisville (SDF)
Madison (MSN)
Memphis (MEM)
Miami (MIA)
Milwaukee (MKE)
Monterey (MRY)
Nashville (BNA)
Newport News (PHF)
Norfolk (ORF)
Oklahoma City (OKC)
Omaha (OMA)
Orlando (MCO)
Panama City (PFN)
Pittsburgh (PIT)
Portland (PWM)
Sacramento (SMF)
San Antonio (SAT)
San Diego (SAN)
San Jose (SJC)
Seattle (SEA)
South Bend (SBN)
Spokane (GEG)
St. Louis (STL)
State College (SCE)
Toledo (TOL)
Traverse City (TVC)
West Palm Beach (PBI)

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    Anonymous , November 10, 2009 2:49 PM
    GODDAM SFO gets no love! what the hell? That airport need free wifi like 10 years ago!
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    zak_mckraken , November 10, 2009 3:01 PM
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    donating up to a maximum $250,000 across the three non-profits.


    What are they gonna do with the rest if donations sums up more than $250,000? Pocket the money? Sounds wrong...
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    buwish , November 10, 2009 3:04 PM
    If I had mega bucks, I'd wire the world for free wifi for X-MAS! Never the less, nice gesture.
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    Anonymous , November 10, 2009 3:13 PM
    "Match donatations" ... meaning if people give more than $250,000 Google will match as high as $250,000 or about 15minutes of Google's profits.
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    BoxBabaX , November 10, 2009 3:28 PM
    Don't know why I hear so much negativity, this is great. I am a little bit surprised that SFO wasn't included, its near Google's hometown. Oh well, San Diego is on the list! :) 
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    tomrippity02 , November 10, 2009 3:50 PM
    zak_mckrakenWhat are they gonna do with the rest if donations sums up more than $250,000? Pocket the money? Sounds wrong...


    They will MATCH up to 250,000. They aren't pocketing anything.
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    BoxBabaX , November 10, 2009 3:51 PM
    tomrippity02They will MATCH up to 250,000. They aren't pocketing anything.


    I thought that was extremely obvious.
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    wildwell , November 10, 2009 3:54 PM
    ^^ Extremely.

    I wonder how they chose the airports. So many major hubs are missing.
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    Yoder54 , November 10, 2009 4:01 PM
    A bunch of no-name airports. Where is the free wi-fi in the big airports in the big cities like Chicago, Kennedy, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, LA, SeaTac, Miami, SF, etc.?
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    BoxBabaX , November 10, 2009 4:13 PM
    Yoder54A bunch of no-name airports. Where is the free wi-fi in the big airports in the big cities like Chicago, Kennedy, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, LA, SeaTac, Miami, SF, etc.?


    Im wondering if some of the bigger airports might have licensing agreements with some companies (like AT&T). Not sure though.
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    maigo , November 10, 2009 4:14 PM
    Thanks Google, but you're being too nice... you scare me
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    jacobdrj , November 10, 2009 5:32 PM
    This Xmass or xmass on?
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    buzznut , November 10, 2009 5:59 PM
    Wow, I'm outta touch. I assumed wifi would be free in all airports. I've never flown with a laptop or other wifi device.
    Seems like it would be definitely needed now.
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    Gin Fushicho , November 10, 2009 9:02 PM
    Figgered Utah would be in there. Its Utah. *shrugs*
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    blackened144 , November 11, 2009 12:39 PM
    Last time I was at the Ft. Lauderdale airport, they already had free wifi.
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    kri77777 , November 11, 2009 1:33 PM
    Both Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando have free internet. Not sure about the others, but my bet is many of them already were, Google just gets advertising rights.
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    saint19 , November 11, 2009 2:06 PM
    Good marketing, how do you see this Microsoft?