Tomizone offers free WiFi to iPhone and iPod Touch users

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 9-Jul-2008 14:52

It's interesting to see that Tomizone have announced free WiFi access for 3 months for all iPhone and iPod Touch users in New Zealand and Australia.

Free Wi-Fi Access

If you own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, then you can access our Wi-Fi Hotspots free of charge for up to three months or 500 Mb of data – whichever occurs first.

From Friday July 11th, any user accessing a Hotspot using these devices can take advantage of this promotion. In addition to emailing and web surfing, the Tomizone Hotspot allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to download music from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, something users can’t do over the conventional 3G network.

We believe that our telco-independent Wi-Fi access service for iPhone and iPod Touch will be a major incentive for businesses such as hotels, cafes and coffee shops to install Tomizone Hotspots as a means of attracting new customers. All you need is a broadband connection and a Tomizone enabled Wi-Fi router to participate in this fast growing network.

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Comment by davide, on 9-Jul-2008 15:39

Good on them! Nothing like giving product away, to get yourself out there in the marketplace.

Comment by freitasm, on 9-Jul-2008 19:27

Are they doing like AT&T inspecting the user-agent in the browser requests? A lot of people just got around getting free wi-fi in the US by changing the user-agent...

Comment by cisconz, on 10-Jul-2008 10:33

freitasm, it will be via mac address, The Tomizone Hotspots have a hardware device onsite.

Comment by davide, on 10-Jul-2008 10:37

LOL, even with a system like the Tomizone one, it's still pretty easy to spoof or change a MAC address. The system at Christchurch Domestic Airport, for example, which looks at the MAC address, and gives you free 15min every 4 hours... well, let's just say that it's possible to change MAC address, (not just to a valid one, either, aa:bb:cc:xx:yy:zz would work) and get another block of free internet.

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Steve Biddle
New Zealand

I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

My interests and skillset include:

*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

*Wireless solutions
  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

I'm an #avgeek who loves to travel the world (preferably in seat 1A) and stay in nice hotels.

+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

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