Wayport to Expand Offerings of Free Digital Magazines and Electronic Newspapers
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jan. 11, 2005 -- Wayport, one of the world’s largest providers of Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) wireless and wired high-speed Internet access to mobile travelers in more than 6,300 locations including hotels, airports, McDonald’s, Hertz, and other retail brands nationwide, announced today that it will broaden its offering of free digital, downloadable magazines and full content electronic editions of national and regional newspapers through its existing agreements with Zinio Systems, Inc. and Newsstand, Inc.
“Wayport continues to expand our offering of value-added services and solutions to our customers and create an incomparable connectivity experience for the mobile business professional and consumers,” said Dan Lowden, vice president of marketing and business development of Wayport. “The added magazine and newspaper titles from Zinio and NewsStand will allow people who connect to our service to receive the latest news relevant to their needs and interests on both a national and regional basis at no additional cost in the format they appreciate the most whenever and wherever they connect to Wayport service.”
Currently, Wayport customers can download a free issue of BusinessWeek through its existing agreement with Zinio. The expanded agreement to deliver Zinio digital magazines at Wayport’s partner locations will augment the offering to include U.S. News and World Report, Business 2.0, PC Magazine, Popular Science and Motor Trend.
“We are very excited to expand our offering of digital editions through Wayport’s extensive network of locations,” said Rich Maggiotto, vice president of business development for Zinio Systems, Inc. “Wayport’s continued success in adding premier venues such as McDonald’s and other strategic locations allow us to reach a maximum number of our readers with the delivery of their favorite magazines.”
The NewsStand offering will be enhanced by adding regional newspapers including Austin American-Statesman, Boston Herald, Kansas City Star, Lexington Herald-Leader, Star Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Charlotte Observer, The Houston Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The Spokesman-Review, The Sun Chronicle, The Tampa Tribune, The Toledo Blade, The Washington Times, and Valdosta Daily Times. This enables mobile travelers around the country to stay up-to-date on their local news by receiving the same newspaper (in digital format) that shows up on their door step when at home. These publications supplement the present offering of the free Electronic Editions of The New York Times and USA Today currently available via Wayport’s service.
“Wayport customers are now able to access current news from a growing number of the country’s leading newspapers in a format that fits a mobile readership and provides travelers with the convenience and quality they have come to expect,” says Kit Webster, CEO of NewsStand.
The new digital editions of these publications are expected to be available from Wayport by mid-Q1, 2005.
About Wayport, Inc.
Wayport is one of the world’s largest providers of high-speed Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) wireless and wired Internet access for mobile broadband customers in more than 6,300 locations, including more than 700 major hotels; Wi-Fi wireless Internet access in 6 major airports: Dallas-Fort Worth, Seattle-Tacoma, San Jose, Austin-Bergstrom, Oakland, Buffalo Niagara; 16 Laptop Lane airport business centers; McDonald’s and Hertz locations; and thousands of additional hotspots including airports, coffee shops, and major retail locations available nationwide under Wayport’s agreement with SBC Communications Inc. To learn more, please visit www.wayport.net or to see locations nationwide, visit www.wayport.net/locations.
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