Microsoft has secured access to over 11 million WiFi hotspots for Windows Phone 8 users today by inking a deal with virtual network provider Devicescape. Hoping to help people avoid pesky data overages, this partnership uses Windows Phone 8’s Data Sense feature to locate participating hotspots from Devicescape’s group of pre-approved WiFi access points. When launched, the app pulls up a Bing-powered map displaying nearby hotspots and vets them based on their signal strengths. Now before you start dreaming of watching your entire Netflix queue on your shiny new Lumia 920, keep in mind that Verizon’s currently the only US carrier on the Data Sense bandwagon. Hopefully Microsoft’s customer-friendly approach to mobile data will motivate other service providers to follow suit as more Windows Phone 8 handsets become available.
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