We all love the option of free Wi-Fi, when it’s available of course. No one wants to exceed the limits of their data plans. Free Wi-Fi is quickly becoming a valuable advertising and marketing tool for many companies. “Free Wi-Fi Here” signs littler hotel banners and fast food chains. Some of you may have noticed many places offering free Wi-Fi may put limits on the usage before you have to pay. Here at Lets Fly Cheaper we found five great ways to get free Wi-Fi.
Boingo and Microsoft have teamed up to bring you the option of free searching to get the good Wi-Fi hotspots if you’re in the San Francisco and New York areas. Until the end of the year users can get the Boingo app and simply log on at many of the area’s major tourist attractions.
The lower spectrum of those economy hotels can pay off. Most of the budget hotels offer free Wi-Fi while their more expensive competitors normally charge a $10 to $25 per day fee. You can’t beat bed bugs and free Wifi.
Starbucks and McDonalds are among the growing chains to consistently offer free Wi-Fi at nearly every location. We all know it’s not hard to find one of these locations. They exist on just about every street corner. The trend of large food chains offering the free service will surely grow as they compete for business.
Airports are tricky when it comes to free Wi-Fi. Personally I have seen many advertise it for free to discover there is usually a catch. Many times you log into their Wi-Fi and surf for a few minutes before being prompted to pay up, some charging as much as $5 for thirty minutes. If you have the option of choosing more than one airport to depart from, choose the one with free WiFi. The smaller airports generally offer it for free without a catch.
Connecting through your cable provider is a new option. If you’re a cable subscriber to Cablevision, Cox and Time Warner you can use a new program called CableWiFi. The system allows their high speed internet subscribers to gain access to each other’s hotspots. The service hasn’t hit nationwide. It is currently available in Florida, California, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina with plans to have more than 50,000 hotspots in 2013.