Boingo Wireless, Inc. worked with Belkin to introduce the Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype. This is the first Wi-Fi device to ship with the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit, an open-source software utility that enables Wi-Fi devices to roam on commercial hot spots.
The Boingo Embedded software provides background detection, association and authentication of public Wi-Fi signals automatically, making it easy for consumers to roam onto commercial hot spots and eliminating the need to enter user ID or credit card information for each hot spot they use.
The Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype incorporates familiar Skype features and can be used with either open wireless networks or commercial hot spots that are part of the Boingo Mobile service. The phone also supports WPA and WPA2 with PSK security and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network compatibility.
The Boingo Embedded Toolkit is an open source solution that runs on BREW, Linux, Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5 versions, with support for other operating systems coming in 2007. It is designed for service providers, OEMs, ODMs, and chipset manufacturers that develop Wi-Fi equipped devices and want to enable global roaming on commercial hot spot networks.
The Boingo Mobile service provides unlimited Internet access to users of Wi-Fi enabled devices that have been integrated with the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit.