Boingo Wireless: Apple’s iPad surpasses Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile in four days

Boingo Wireless, the world’s leading WiFi provider, today revealed that the iPad is now the second most popular non-laptop device connecting to its WiFi networks, displacing Android devices and more than doubling the daily number of visits for the previous second place device.

“It’s stunning how quickly the iPad has established itself as a force in Wi-Fi,” said Dave Hagan, president and CEO of Boingo Wireless, in the press rleease. “After four days in market, it is already being more widely used than other Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices that have moved millions of units.”

The iPhone is still the indisputable king of mobile devices, representing nearly 90% of all non-laptop connections in Boingo’s airports. The iPad registered 5.4% of all device connections, while Android tallied 2.5%. Blackberry phones and iPod Touch MP3 players accounted for less than 2% each of total visits. Windows Mobile was less than 1%.

The above data represents all Wi-Fi enabled non-laptop devices in Boingo’s managed network, which includes 58 airports, the Washington State Ferries, and several sporting arenas and convention centers. In the context of this data, a “connect” is any device that associated to the SSID, received an IP address and loaded the sales portal in the venue. It provides a representative sample of market penetration for the various platforms of WiFi enabled devices.

Boingo gives consumers the best choice of WiFi hotspots by combining more than 125,000 locations from 167 leading WiFi operators around the world into a single worldwide network spanning 103 countries.

Boingo Wireless, Inc., the global market leader in WiFi, makes it simple and easy for people to enjoy WiFi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 125,000 hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users can log on to the Boingo Network locations that include the top airports around the world, major hotel chains, cafés and coffee shops, restaurants, and metropolitan hot zones.

Boingo, and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary, operate wired and wireless networks at 58 airports worldwide that cover 42% of North American enplanements and 60% of United Kingdom enplanements.

Source: Boingo Wireless, Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: Four points: #1: Four days. #2: iPad is currently U.S.-only. #3: 3G iPads have not yet shipped (as we know all too well). #4: Bloodbath.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Michael” for the heads up.]


  1. “It provides a representative sample of market penetration for the various platforms of WiFi enabled devices.”
    Says who?
    What it provides is a usage sample, not a penetration sample. This shows, mainly, that Apple’s ultra-portable products excel at surfing while the other guys, essentially, suck! There are certainly other excellent uses for a smart phone besides surfing, like making phone calls, but this particular ability – surfing – is likely to draw more sales. Because any phone can make a call.

  2. This is just a little disingenuous. The iPad is a mobile internet device, not a smartphone. Of course it will use the web more than smartphones. And yes, I know that the iPhone is also a phone – but it is also a mobile internet device that has the ability to surf the web usefully (as opposed to the other also-rans that were mentioned). It is also present in far greater numbers.

    Still, people who are buying iPads are clearly finding them very useful

  3. Why is the iPhone over 80% of the usage on this WiFi network? I rarely connect my iPhone to WiFi, except when at home. Is this an indictment of the quality of AT&T;’s 3G connections?

  4. These numbers are irrelevant. Nobody buys a BB, Android, or Win device without a data package. One can easily surf the web in an airport etc from any of the devices without logging on to Boingo.

    What these numbers DO say is that
    1) iPhone users are more likely to consume Wifi even when 3g etc is available. Perhaps they value the additional speed
    2) iPad users value the ability to connect to the net – and have no other means to do so presently other than Wifi

  5. Never mind, I figured out why there are so many iPhone users of the network. It automatically connects to Boingo’s WiFi, so your iPhone just jumps to the WiFi network instead of 3G. It’s nothing personal against ATT. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  6. @Grrrilla
    Not really disingenuous. They clearly state what information they are conveying: “the second most popular non-laptop device connecting to its WiFi networks”.

    Maybe one could say that a chart like this is prone to generating wrong conclusion of market share, etc. One could use this chart to demonstrate that Apple product owners are most prone to waste money on airport wi-fi hotspots.

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