RDU to offer free Wi-Fi

Posted August 30, 2012

— Raleigh-Durham International Airport will begin offering free wireless Internet on Saturday, officials said.

Airport officials said Thursday that free Wi-Fi will be offered for casual web users, while a paid premium service will be available for those who want 24-hour access to the Internet. Both services will be managed by Boingo Wireless.

Officials said the offer is in response to customer demand.

“One of the most frequent requests we receive from passengers is for free Wi-Fi service,” said Teresa Damiano, director of marketing and customer relations at RDU.

The free access will provide a 45-minute connection to check email or surf the web. When the session times out, users can log back in for additional sessions.

The paid option will have a higher download speed for customers who want to stream video, connect to corporate networks, email large files or do other tasks that require more power.

The premium service will cost $7.95 for 24 hours or $9.95 for Boingo’s monthly plan. The premium accounts can be used at more than 60 airports worldwide where Boingo provides wireless service.


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  • Bartmeister Aug 31, 2012

    > "The premium service will cost $7.95 for 24 hours or $9.95 for Boingo’s monthly plan."

    what a ripoff

    Not really. I spent 8 days in RDU terminal 2 in August traveling for business. It's a business expense for me to get caught up on emails, so it's a value. Plus I use it at other airports. I don't have time for slower download speeds and interruptions. For the business traveler, it's a convenience.

  • driverkid3 Aug 31, 2012

    Everyone is always wanting something free! There is no silver platter with free goodies, folks!

  • Lit Aug 30, 2012

    "Raleigh-Durham International Airport will begin offering free wireless Internet" -WRAL

    Thank You!

  • beaupeep Aug 30, 2012

    Way to jump into the '90's, RDU.

  • tsquaring Aug 30, 2012

    I like that! I don't fly much, but I like that.

  • mfarmer1 Aug 30, 2012

    > "The premium service will cost $7.95 for 24 hours or $9.95 for Boingo’s monthly plan."

    what a ripoff

  • Hawk912 Aug 30, 2012

    Perhaps soon Wifi will be free all the time like Charlotte Douglas Airport and make everyone a little happier.

  • Frank Downtown Aug 30, 2012

    What? Almost every where has free internet: Starbucks, downtown Raleigh, They are alittle behind.

  • carydaddy Aug 30, 2012

    Good move. And it is about time as it costs very little to offer free Wi-Fi. After all, airports hose the vendors who turn around and hose their customers.

  • westernwake1 Aug 30, 2012

    So finally RDU catches up with all the other major airports around the world and offers free wireless service. Only took them nearly forever. Guess they woke up and found out they were not earning a dime from their paid wireless service.