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Boingo and Cicero to showcase Fixed Mobile Convergence Services at Mobile World Congress Barcelona

Demonstrating seamless access to Wi-Fi VoIP and IM services using Boingo Mobile on Nokia and Windows Mobile dual-mode phones

Boingo Wireless Inc. and Cicero Networks today announced that they will demonstrate mobile VoIP and IM over Wi-Fi on dual-mode handsets using Boingo’s Wi-Fi Hotspots at next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The companies’ combined fixed mobile convergence technology is targeted at mobile operators and service providers, who can offer it to their subscribers as a flexible, low-cost calling plan. Subscribers can simply install Boingo Mobile and CiceroPhone wVoIP clients on their Wi-Fi enabled Nokia and Windows Mobile handsets, allowing them to make and receive wVoIP calls at any of Boingo’s tens of thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide.

Boingo Mobile software identifies Boingo-enabled hotspots and automatically authenticates users. CiceroPhone is a VCC-enabled multi-mode softphone that intelligently routes calls over Wi-Fi/broadband and cellular networks.  Installed alongside Boingo Mobile, CiceroPhone enables wVoIP and IM services and importantly, allows seamless in-call roaming between Boingo hotspots and cellular networks.

Boingo and Cicero have recently partnered with UK internet telephony provider, Velofone, who bundle Boingo Mobile and CiceroPhone as part of the company’s Velofone Mobile wVoIP service for international business travellers.

“The combination of Boingo Mobile’s widespread global Wi-Fi network and Cicero’s simple-to-use, feature rich wVoIP client means Velofone Mobile subscribers have access to over 60,000 hotspot locations across 85 countries where they can automatically make mobile VoIP calls, significantly reducing their international mobile roaming costs,” said Mark Gordon, CEO Velofone.  

“Boingo Mobile subscribers are already reaping the benefits of an easy-to-use, affordable, and widely-covered connection plan on their mobile handsets,” said TJ Noto, Director of Business Development, Boingo. “The Boingo Mobile and CiceroPhone combination gives users the flexibility to make and receive inexpensive and unlimited VoIP calls in locations they frequent the most – airports, hotels, and cafes all over the world.”

“By using CiceroPhone at Boingo locations, these users can tap into the additional cost savings and flexibility enabled by wireless VoIP very simply and efficiently”, said Elaine Treacy, VP of Marketing, Cicero Networks. “Boingo Mobile eliminates any pain associated with using your phone at a hotspot and extends the reach of wVoIP to thousands of public locations.” 

GSMA MWC Demonstrations
At GSMA Mobile World Congress, Boingo and Cicero will demonstrate wVoIP and IM over Wi-Fi using CiceroPhone via Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi on a variety of Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. Demonstrations can be viewed at the following Mobile World Congress locations:

Feb 10 The Showstoppers media event at the Hotel Majestic Barcelona from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Feb 11-14 The Cicero booth at F17, Hall 1
Feb 11-14 The Boingo Wireless hospitality suite at Fira de Barcelona, Hall 4/Floor4/Hospitality Suite 30, by appointment only. To schedule a demonstration, contact Baochi Nguyen at bnguyen@boingo.com or +1.310.994.4431

Availability & Pricing
Boingo Mobile is currently available for Nokia devices running Symbian S60 3rd Edition and UIQ, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Mobile 5, Windows Mobile 2003, Linux, and BREW.

Subscribers pay a monthly flat rate of $7.95, €5.95, or £3.95 for unlimited high-speed Internet access at tens of thousands of hotspots worldwide, including airports, hotels, restaurants, cafés, and convention centers. For a limited time, customers who sign up for service will receive the first month free. To sign up, visit: https://my.mobile.boingo.com/bm/signup_main.ews

About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. is the global market leader in Wi-Fi. Boingo makes it easy for consumers to enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 100,000 hotspots worldwide — including airports, hotels, cafes and metropolitan hot zones — with a single account. Through its Concourse Communications Group, LLC subsidiary, Boingo operates wired and wireless networks at 23 of the top 100 North American airports. More information about Boingo and Concourse is available at http://www.boingo.com and http://www.concoursecommunications.com

About Boingo Mobile
The Boingo Mobile service provides unlimited Internet access to users of Wi-Fi enabled devices that run the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit. Users of those devices can access the Internet in tens of thousands of hotspots in 85 countries around the world. More information about the service is available at http://mobile.boingo.com

About Cicero Networks
Cicero Networks is a leading provider of wireless VoIP solutions enabling telecommunication service providers to deliver fixed mobile convergence services to their enterprise and residential customers. Cicero Networks delivers end-to-end SIP-based solutions which optimise the delivery of voice and multi-media services over multiple wireless networks including Wi-Fi, 3G and WiMAX. Cicero Networks is a Forum Nokia Pro member. Founded in 2002, the company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, visit www.ciceronetworks.com

For further information, please contact:
Nick Ward
CMP Communications
Tel: +44 (0)20 7401 8001
Email: nward@cmpcommunications.com

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