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Sprint customers get free Wi-Fi at 35 airports

Sprint customers get free Wi-Fi at 35 airports
A Sprint store in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The wireless carrier struck a deal to offer free Wi-Fi to its customers at some airports. (Mark Davis / TNS)

Sprint cellphone customers are getting free Wi-Fi at 35 major U.S. airports.

The cell carrier announced a multiyear deal this week with Boingo Wireless, a Los Angeles company that sets up Wi-Fi networks, to automatically switch customers from the cell network to a secure Wi-Fi system at certain airports.

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Data usage from streaming video, games and other apps have stressed cellphone networks and led to an increased effort to find ways to get people onto Wi-Fi connections when possible.  Last week, Google said users of its Nexus 6 smartphone would be able to sign up for a cellphone that heavily leverages Wi-Fi connections.

"By enabling customers to move more smoothly between trusted Wi-Fi and cellular, our customers will have a better mobile experience in more locations, all while lowering their cost of data usage," Sprint' Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye said in a blog post.

Participating airports include LAX, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana and Lindbergh Field.

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