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Samsung Camera Gets Boingo Wi-Fi

5/12/2010 09:05:00 AM Eastern
Los Angeles -- Boingo Wireless said Wednesday Samsung will preload its software into new Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras, allowing customers to connect to 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hot spots worldwide to share and send photos and videos.

Initially, Boingo software will be pre-installed on the Samsung ST5500/CL80 point-and-shoot digital camera. Purchasers will receive three months of complimentary Boingo Wi-Fi access out of the box.

After the promotion period, customers will have the option to subscribe to Boingo Mobile, a $7.95 monthly plan for unlimited Wi-Fi access to 125,000 locations worldwide.

Additional Boingo-enabled models will be announced as they become available, Boingo said.

The ST5500/CL80 will permit users to instantly share images and videos on social networks, such as Facebook and YouTube, directly from the camera. Users can connect to a Boingo hot spot by tapping the onscreen Boingo button.

"Samsung understands that the ability to share photos and videos online is an essential aspect of the photography experience," said Choonghyun Hwang, Samsung Electronics VP. "The integration of Boingo's intuitive software with the Samsung ST5500/CL80 enables our users to upload their captured moments via a high-speed connection anywhere in the world, without being tethered to a PC."

The ST5500/CL80 is a compact point-and-shoot camera with 14.2 megapixel image resolution, HD video recording, touch-screen keypad, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

U.S. availability for the camera will be announced in the near future, Boingo said.
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