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Oct 19, 2011

There is a Travel App for That: Free Wi-Fi Finder

Free Wi-Fi Finder (download)

This app will help you find all types of free, as well as paid public if a need arises, Wi-Fi hotspots that are open to the general public, customers or guests. You are able to filter hot spot search results by free vs. paid, provider or location type. Also, you can filter locations by categories, such as cafes or libraries, and you can save your favorite spots for another time.
The app, additionally, provides offline database that covers over 100 countries and 110,000 free hot spots where you can access the Internet. This tool is great for planning ahead for vacations and business trips. Especially since you can get Wi-Fi hotspot details and call the location, get directions to it or add it to your favorites all from within the app.

Why good to have on a trip:
- Find a hotspot and get online quickly whenever and wherever
- Get Wi-Fi hotspot details and call the location, get directions to it or add it to your favorites
- Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later.
- It's Free!

Wi-Fi Finder is available on iTunes and also on Android Market

Did You Know?
A few things to keep in mind about some Free Wi-Fi high speed internet access locations:
- It is an open unsecured connection. Use a VPN - virtual private network - for extra protection if you plan to transfer any sensitive information.
- The signal may not always be on or be strong.
- Some locations may require a purchase to get the login info required to connect.
- Some locations may have SafeSurf type software installed that will restrict access to some web sites.
- Don't expect to get much support help from the staff, they're waitresses or baristas, etc., not tech support people. Some may not even know it exists.
- Don't expect to find many plugs. Make sure your battery is charged or bring a spare.
- Some locations will not allow outgoing e-mail to be sent via their SMTP server. Use a web based e-mail account if you need to send e-mail while in this type of free location.
- At a lot of Hotzones or other similarly named types of access that cover an outdoors area (usually town, city or municipality sponnsored/provided), the signal may or may not carry to the inside of and be available in the businesses within the Hotzone.

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