Intel Pushes Free, Automatic Wi-Fi Service
For Ultrabooks and Intel-Powered Tablets
Intel has announced
that the company will be providing access to a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots for users who buy Ultrabooks and tablets that include Intel's latest chipsets. The offers comes as part of a deal with Devicescape, who operates more than 7 million public hotspots worldwide. Using the Intel's Smart Connect Technology, Intel devices will automatically connect to this network to get e-mails, latest updates (or hey, malware) -- even if the device is in sleep mode.
Judging from the press release, the idea is apparently to help keep notebooks and tablets more consistently connected in the age of cellular -- without using cellular:
"Smartphones have changed end-user expectations around their device experience, and elements of the mobile experience will naturally make their way into personal computers and tablets. These devices shouldn't be offline but should be capable of reaching a network automatically to allow for syncing information and notifications," said David Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. "Intel-based devices will now be able to use our global WiFi Offload Network to do exactly that."
You'll still more than likely find yourself consistently out of range of Devicescape's network, though the company claims they add roughly 30,000 new hotspots a day.