SmartWires launches Wireless Internet at Cocowalk
One of Miami’s premiere visitor attractions offers SmartWires high-speed wireless Internet access to its guests and tenants.
[Miami, Florida, March 2004] - SmartWires, a Miami-based broadband wireless service provider and Wi-Fi network integrator, launched its services at Cocowalk in Miami’s Coconut Grove this week. Cocowalk is one of Miami’s premier outdoor shopping and entertainment venues. To introduce the service, Cocowalk and SmartWires will offer free 30-minute trials of the service to visitors and local residents for the next three months.
“In order to continue to improve our services to our customers, we felt it was a necessity to offer wireless Internet services,” commented Jorge Correa, Marketing Director_ of Cocowalk. “Once we made the decision to offer the service, we needed to make sure we offered the best quality. SmartWires seems to really have their act together. They delivered the best solution and helped us design a great business model.”
Visitors to Cocowalk and local residents of Coconut Grove can access the Internet from anywhere on the Cocowalk property using an 802.11 wireless enabled computer or PDA. Access is simple. Cards with access instructions and account numbers are available at the Cocowalk welcome center and management office. Once a visitor to Cocowalk has an account number, they simply turn on their computer, launch the Internet browser and they automatically get a welcome screen that asks for the account number on the card. Once verified, the user can surf the Internet and access email. For the next three months, 30-minute accounts are available for free. After the trial period, users can purchase cards for $4.95 per hour, $6.95 per day or $19.95 per month for usage.
SmartWires has deployed broadband wireless Internet networks like the one in Cocowalk in Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale and Ohio. The company intends to expand its service in Coconut grove to include the local hotels, apartments, office buildings and marinas.
Wireless Internet service is gaining popularity because it liberates workers from being tied to their desks by Internet and telephone cables. By offering service throughout the area, companies like SmartWires offer residents and office workers the freedom to work not only in their offices, but take advantage of the same high-speed Internet services by working at home, around the pool or in a local café.
Entertainment and shopping complexes like Cocowalk are increasingly offering wireless Internet access as a benefit for International and domestic travelers who often find it difficult and expensive to access the Internet while traveling and appreciate being able to access the Internet from a comfortable setting. There are currently ____ wireless Internet or Wi-Fi hotspots in the US. This number is growing rapidly. Nearly every new laptop and PDA sold today is Wi-Fi enabled. Older devices can easily be enabled by adding a wireless network card that can be purchased from most office supply and computer retailers.
Free access to SmartWires Internet service at Cocowalk is available now through June 30.
CocoWalk, located at 3015 Grand Avenue, has become one of the leading outdoor entertainment centers in the country. Home to trendy restaurants, 2 new nightclubs, Banana Joe’s and Margarita Mama’s, exclusive retailers and AMC 16 “gourmet cinemas”, CocoWalk’s vibrant Mediterranean ambience and unique shopping and dining experience have made it one of the most frequented destinations in South Florida. With over 3.5 million visitors per year, CocoWalk is the place to see and be seen. CocoWalk is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Friday & Saturday from 11:00 AM to Midnight. Restaurants and bars are open until 2:00 AM nightly.
For more information or the center’s complete listing of stores, restaurants, events and nightly musical entertainment log on to www.cocowalk.com.