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Boingo Wireless spamfest

Boing Wireless just had a mini email disaster.

As someone who travels quite a bit (about 130K kilometers in the past year), I subscribe to Boingo Wireless … a consolidated access and billing service for pay WIFI all over the world, especially in airports.

I (and many other Boingo clients) saw this in my email inbox today:

Spamming your clients is of course a little more than slightly uncool. Boingo has responded well, however, posting an apology on its website immediately:

On Saturday, an email campaign that we were testing went terribly, terribly awry. (Think Hal taking over in 2001: A Space Odyssey.)

If you received an email message (or many, many messages) from us about your account status, kindly disregard it. We’re terribly sorry for any confusion or inconvenience this might have caused. In the annals of Email Marketing Fiascos, this ranks right up there, and for that we’re embarrassed and appreciate your understanding.

Ahh well: no harm, no foul.

iPhone WiFi Access is buggy

iphone-homeTonight I failed the husband geek-test: fixing something electronic for your wife.

“But it’s not my fault,” I told my wife. “It’s Apple’s fault – WiFi is buggy on the iPhone.” And I think that’s more than a excuse. I think it’s true.

Here’s the deal: we have a wireless network. My iPhone connects to it when I’m home, as does her iPhone. No fuss, no muss: fast free connection to the internet.

But when Teresa puts her phone in Airplane mode at night (as do I) and then wakes it back up again in the morning, turning Airplane mode off … WiFi never comes back automatically.

On my iPhone, turning Airplane mode off returns the phone to the state it was in when Airplane mode was first activated. On my wife’s, it changes the state to something different. In other words, it does not fully undo Airplane mode.

Now, before you ask:

  • same phone (iPhone 3G)
  • same firmware (latest updates from Apple)
  • same settings (General, network, WiFi, you name it)
  • OK, hers is black and mine is white

So what gives? In doing some googling, I notice that someone has the exact opposite problem. Others, on Apple’s support forums, have the same problem. Some can fix it by resetting network settings, some can’t. (You can put us in the can’t category.)

Very, very, very odd.

Here’s a visual overview of the problem in a slideshow:

Phone Wifi Bug

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