Saturday

How to Locate free wi-fi Around You

Its called the mobile age and as a result, everyone wants to be able to email, Whatsapp, access important in the cloud with your network with a lil' tap on the smartphone. Sometimes, you need just a spot to sit for a while and read through the latest headlines and doing this requires connectivity and this is the reason for this post.

This will teach you and i how to find a free wi-fi hot spot, connect with these free wi-fi and possibly, surf the internet without being charged or billed for it.


I must say that wi-fi hot spots are not always easy to find and having to spend a few dollars per day for wi-fi access can cut a hole into your budgets.


With the right tools, however, you'll never be too far from a free hot spot. You might have to walk another block or two, but the money you'll save will be worth it since you can download just anything with the free wi-fi, provided you have the time and battery for all that.

You may even find a new favorite coffee shop or restaurant! Just remember to stay safe. You want to turn off file sharing and be smart about mobile banking and shopping. Now the options below will show you how best to enjoy Free Wi-fi and spend less for data charges.

1. Think outside the Wi-Fi box

Everyone knows they can get free Wi-Fi at McDonald's and Starbucks. But if you're trying to cut back on fries and cappuccinos, there are unexpected places you can try.

Truckers are some of the most connected workers on the planet, and they make sure their truck stops have speedy Internet access as well as decent food. Some independent truck stops offer free Wi-Fi to lure truckers away from the chains, which may charge a small fee.

Does your car need a wash or an oil change? Many auto shops offer free Wi-Fi to keep customers happy while they wait.

Don't forget libraries and other public places. City halls, courts and even parks frequently offer Wi-Fi connectivity. So do some grocery stores, which often have fine coffee bars and cafes of their own. Department stores and shopping malls are other options.

If you're in a new city or neighborhood, tap the Yelp! app on your tablet to summon a list of nearby restaurants and shops. Reviewers on Yelp! often point out which businesses have Wi-Fi available.

2. Join hotel loyalty programs and use coupons

Cadging a motel's open Wi-Fi network as a guest - or from the parking lot - was easy a few years ago. Not anymore. Many inns password-protect their networks and charge guests $10 or more a day for Wi-Fi access.

However, some chains offer complimentary Wi-Fi if you belong to their loyalty programs. Even if you're not booking a room, a sympathetic desk clerk or server might give you a password if you're a loyal customer.

You can also snag free Wi-Fi coupons from your favorite hotels at RetailMeNot when you're ready to book a stay.

3. Tap into Wi-Fi databases

When possible, it's best to look up free Wi-Fi hot spots in the area you plan to travel. That's where Wi-Fi databases come in handy.

The Wi-Fi FreeSpot Directory has thousands of free spots. It organizes hot spots by state or business and has special sections for airports and hotels. You can even find RV parks and campgrounds with hot spots. Instead of listing sites as a directory, the JiWire website lets you search by city, state and ZIP code and see hot spots plotted on a map. You can organize results to list paid hot spots, as well, though free is always going to be the best place to start. On the road, the JiWire App will tap into your phone's GPS to find you the closest free or paid hot spot. You can even navigate to it once you've picked it. If you find a location that isn't listed, you can submit it to JiWire's database right from the app.

4. Free Wi-Fi access from your cable company

If you use cable for Internet access at home, you may be surprised to know that many providers have dedicated hot spots in third-party businesses. You can sign on to a hot spot run by your ISP at no charge.

Check your provider's website. Most of them have handy maps where you can search for hot spots. Just enter a nearby ZIP code and take a peek. Some providers even have apps you can download that give Wi-Fi locations.

Even better, five major providers allow each other's customers to sign onto hot spots for free: Bright House Networks, Cox, Optimum, Time Warner and Xfinity. Called the CableWiFi project, this alliance opens up more than 100,000 free hot spots nationwide.

5. Tether your phone

Tethering allows you to turn your smartphone's cellular Internet connection into a Wi-Fi hot spot for your tablet or laptop. It doesn't cost anything extra to tether if you have a shared data plan from Verizon or AT&T.

Tethering is slower than regular Wi-Fi, and it'll use up your smartphone's battery and data. But it's great when you need a few minutes to securely send or receive a file from a tablet or laptop.

One thing i like or enjoy about tethering is that you can actually tether your device and have others charged for tapping into it and by so doing, you can save a lot more for your next budget.

Now that you know more about free Wi-Fi, and where to get them, i hope you make your plans so as to make out time for that spot where you've spotted a free wifi and find it important to visit the spot regularly as it would help you save a few notes for the next bill.


23 comments:

  1. I just normally use my phone's data whenever I'm out of the house. These are great tips to save on data and to take advantage of the free wifi around us.

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  2. Wi-fi connection is something I get to enjoy with my data provider. They provide free connection in leading malls around the city so when I do hang around in those places, I get to enjoy free connection with gusto! How's that?

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  3. There are free Wi-Fis around where I live, but I seldom use them since I have my own data provider which is free and fast. Without the internet, I am so dead. LoL. Seriously though, I enjoy reading through to your post. It feels like a cheat sheet :)

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  4. good information. good thing, free wifi is almost present in our place.

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  5. Great tips, though I won't be using them in the near future. Another great source of wifi whenever I'm outside is at SM Malls which gives us 1 hour of free wifi per day :)

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  6. Nice,Many now use their mobile data to access the internet. The competing providers outsmart each other with promos much to the advantage of the consumers.

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  7. it would also depend on whereabouts you are. if you're in a rural area, there will be less free wifi or none

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  8. Oh this is a pretty good list! Some of which I have not thought of before, like Tapping on hotel wifi :)

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  9. Phone tethering in Singapore is no longer worthwhile as the telco has placed a data limit on our phone bills!

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    1. Here in my country, we tweak our phones so as to get Access to sharing data over the hotspot

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  10. Great tips for those who go out and need wifi on the go. As for me, I stay at home only and have wifi connection 24/7. :)

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    1. Thats good Anne, here in my country we pay for everything, even blackberry is not allowed to tether data

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  11. this was an interesting post. Free wifi is a blessing =p

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  12. The best neighbors are those who have wifi with no passwords, hehe. Free wifi is now a must when choose hotels in cities where I travel to.

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  13. Some great tips here, we definitely live a wifi needed world at the moment.

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  14. This could be very helpful, but not all of em are applicable here in the Phils. Anyway the Tether thing was my strat when I'm away from home or office. :D Thank God for the technology. :D

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  15. I actually use my phone as a hotspot. It really saves me a lot of additional internet cost.

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  16. I pay for my mnthly wifi. When im out i can bring my pocket wifi devide

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  17. Glad I have unlimited internet connection with my phone. I very seldom use public wifi because they say it's not that safe.

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  18. Just what I need! Travelling is bad news for me when it comes for a free wifi. Very helpful tips.

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  19. I normally buy myself a local sim. So seldom need a free wifi. This a very useful article for people who need wifi during vacation~

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  20. I just switch to my 3G data plan when I know there's no free WiFi around. I have 12GB of data every month (#blessed!)

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  21. if i am outside of my home, i am always at my favorite coffee shop for a free wifi. hahaha.. and they don't mind if i stay longer and they said it was their pleasure to see me in their shop... :D

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