updated 1/8/2008 2:00:58 PM ET 2008-01-08T19:00:58

Communications chip maker Broadcom Corp. said Tuesday it plans to integrate software from Wi-Fi access provider Boingo Wireless Inc. into its Wi-Fi phone chipset.

The software automatically scans for wireless hot spots and connects users to private and commercial networks, including those part of Boingo's roaming network.

Wi-Fi hot spots — at airports, coffee shops and hotels, for example — let people access the Internet from their cell phones and other devices.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Boingo, started by EarthLink founder Sky Dayton, also provides Wi-Fi access to computer users and Internet service providers.

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