/ Source: The Associated Press
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.