Boingo Wireless is one of the largest providers of WiFi services for travelers on the go. The company provides WiFi connectivity in airports and other locations all around the country. It has networks in 60 different airports and globally its hotspots number in the hundreds of thousands. When it looks at the devices used on the network, it has many global users to choose from.
Boingo has released some interesting stats on the devices that use its hotspots around the world. According to the study, smartphones and tablets are the more commonly used devices on the network compared to laptops. 58.9% of all devices used in June of 2011 were smartphones and tablets. The survey also notes that the size of the WiFi device market has grown fivefold in the last five years.
The most common operating system in use on the network is iOS with 83% of the mobile device total. This is no surprise considering the most popular tablet is the iPad and the iPhone is one of the most common smartphones. The report also shows that data consumption on the devices has increased as well showing that users are doing higher bandwidth activities on their mobile devices. Boingo also recently started offering access to in-flight hotspots to users.