T-Mobile recently announced some statistics for its Wi-Fi hot-spotsover the past 90 days, 450,000 separate customers logged onto the company's network three million times. If I do my math right, that means that each person logged in about 6.67 times over that period. The company said that users now average about 64 minutes/session, up from 45 minutes last year.
Looking at my own usage, I'd say I'm fairly average according to those statistics. Between hotels, airports, and Starbucks, that number might even be low for me.
T-Mobile won't say whether this is a profitable business for them. In fact, this is the first time I can recall them announcing any kind of statistics.
More importantly, at least for a heavy user like myself, T-Mobile plans to increase the number of available hot spots. The number should grow from about 16,000 today to about 25,000 worldwide. But rather than installing its own hotspots, the company said that it plans to add most of the new hotspots through roaming agreements with other hotspot vendors. This means that hotels like Marriott, Hilton, Ritz-Carlton, Doubletree, and Renaissance, and a slew of airports may soon find themselves wired for T-Mobile access.