Microsoft has Â licensed software from CalifornianÂ WiFiÂ offload specialist Devicescape to give Windows Phone 8 users access to the companyâ€™s Curated Virtual Network (CVN) of over 11 million wifi hotspots, reports Telecoms.com
Devicescapeâ€™s network is largely but not exclusively US based andÂ leveragedÂ crowd-sourced data from the millions of devices already deployed. Any device with the software installed will automatically sniff out more suitable hotspots and add suitable connections to the network.
â€œMobile data caps, tiers and throttling are limiting the smartphone experienceâ€, said Dave Fraser, CEO of Devicescape. â€œBy leveraging the Devicescape network of public hotspots, Microsoft can now pass along tremendous value to its Windows Phone 8 users enabling them to locate a nearby quality wifi network. Windows Phone 8 users will now have an alternative way to manage their monthly data plan while maintaining the quality of service they are accustomed to from their mobile provider.â€
All DeviceScape hotspots have passed a strict assessment of service quality.
The service will work well along Datasense, a Windows Phone feature which makes it easy to monitor data usage, saidÂ Thomas Wehmeier, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media.Â Verizon will be the first carrier to activate Datasense on the Windows devices it sells.