Microsoft to make 11m Wi-Fi hotspots available to WP8 users


Deal with Devicescape offers users of the operating system access to a wide-range of data access points

Microsoft has signed a deal with Wi-Fi offload company Devicescape to make 11 million hotspots available to users of Windows Phone 8.

The Wi-Fi data is licensed from Devicescape’s Curated Virtual Network and will allow WP8 users to locate hotspots.

Devicescape said its growing Wi-Fi network is constantly discovering new hotspots whilst continuously measuring the quality of existing access points.

It added the inclusion of Wi-Fi data from the CVN for users of the WP8 platform will enhance the user experience while providing significant value to end users and the Microsoft suite of mobile solutions.

Devicescape CEO Dave Fraser said: “Mobile data caps, tiers and throttling are limiting the smartphone experience. By leveraging the Devicescape network of public hotspots, Microsoft can now pass along tremendous value to its Windows Phone 8 users enabling them to locate a nearby quality Wi-Fi network.

“Windows Phone 8 users will now have an alternative way to manage their monthly data plan while maintaining the quality of service they are accustomed to from their mobile provider.”

Windows Phone program manager Reid Kuhn said: “Devicescape has the leading collection of WiFi hotspots. By utilising the Devicescape WiFi hotspot data, Windows Phone 8 users will be able to locate free and popular WiFi hotspots, allowing them to save money wherever they may be.”