Mobile Devices Lead Airport WiFi Use

Mobile Devices Lead Airport WiFi Use

Smartphones and tablets take up to 59 percent of connections on airport wifi networks.

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
  • 27 september 2011

Just a year ago, laptop computers accounted for two-thirds of wireless airport connections according to data from Boingo Wireless. By May of 2011, however, smartphones and tablets led by Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices collectively held 59 percent of connections.

Compare that to June 2007, when iPhone connections alone were only 1.0 percent of mobile devices on airport wifi networks. Boingo’s VP Dawn Callahan noted in a statement:

Since the launch of the iPhone in June 2007, we’ve seen a marked growth trend for non-laptop devices, but the exponential growth in iPhones and iPads in the last year pushed mobile devices past laptops, showcasing just how disruptive the trend is.

This is just another indicator of the rise and dominance of mobile internet devices. The numbers parallel the stats for in-flight wifi connections, with iPad users making up a third of ‘big screen’ connections, while Mac and Windows laptops account for 20 and 41 percent, respectively.

Boingo airport wifi stats

Do you use a mobile device in the airport or while flying? If so, what has been your experience in the past few years?


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