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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

For those of you that travel with your laptops here is a site that will list all the known free wifi access points.

http://www.wififreespot.com

The nice thing about these hot spots is that you dont even need a service provider , it high speed internet access for FREE.......

Be aware that the UK is split into England, Scotland and Wales areas

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I just don't understand that airports and big hotel chains DON'T offer this for free. If I had a choice of a layover in an airport with free wifi, I'd take it over one without and even more clear and easy that choice would be when it comes to wifi in hotels since there's much more choice!

For example, the Sheraton in Toronto is charging 17.95 CAD a DAY (!!!) for a wireless connection during the conference we are attending there in a few weeks. That's just plain ridiculous. They only need to sell 3 days a month worth and it pays the extra costs on their end, but by doing this they lose a ton of goodwill and if I had a choice, I'd be bunking elsewhere for that reason alone..... kudos to the HI hostel in Montreal on the other hand for offering it to all guests!!! Now why can a hostel get it right but not the Sheraton???

Okay, that's my rant for now...

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

The Sheraton is charging for Internet? I tend to stay at Marriotts and they have almost uniformly gone over to free internet access, whether wired or unwired. Very strange that Sheraton would. Usually Starwood (of which Sheraton is a member) is on the cutting edge of guest relations.

Sam, the Toronto Eaton's Centre has free Wifi (according to this site) and is only a couple blocks from your hotel. It's a mall, so if you don't mind sitting in a food court, you could surf for free from there.

Otherwise, I would suggest C'est What at 67 Front St. East. It's a little far from your hotel, but they have good beers on tap and often have live music (also free).

Sadly, they list little close to my apartment. Sigh. I'll still have to keep paying for my internet I guess...

My hotel in Paris is charging 10 Euros for 24 hours of access. The italian place around the street has free Wi-fi. Add in the fact that restaurants in Paris never rush you out, and you could probably sit all night nursing a coffee and surfing.

Greg

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Thanks for that Greg. Might well check out that place around the corner. I'm not sure, but wired access might be possible at the Sheraton. I just thought it was weird you had to pay for wireless....

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

I just don't understand that airports and big hotel chains DON'T offer this for free. If I had a choice of a layover in an airport with free wifi, I'd take it over one without and even more clear and easy that choice would be when it comes to wifi in hotels since there's much more choice! ...

Umm... The Kuala Lumpur International Airport has free wifi in the departure hall. Not sure about the boarding gates/areas though. Haven't checked that out before.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I was just reading that Thalys, the high-speed train network is rolling out Wi-fi. Currently only in first class, but they are planning on rolling out train wide in the near future. Right now it's free, but will cost in the future. Prices to be determined.

What I found strange was that they are rolling out a satellite based system. The signal goes from the train to a satellite and down to the based station. Seems to me that would introduce a lag time that isn't really necessary. I mean, it is a train that runs over Europe. I'm guessing cellular coverage must be pretty good. Why not piggy-back on the existing cell towers and cell network?

pretty picture

Greg

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hmm, that is odd. I guess the cell coverage is just not guaranteed enough to use that. Or there might be the issue of connection speed... I used a wireless connection on a highspeed train in Norway last year and it was great. Not quite sure how that was handled though, none of those pretty pictures available :(

8. Posted by sanquar (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

I've noticed with my handheld pc I travel with, that I get my first wi-fi connection in airports free, no matter if it is user pays or not. If I disconnect for some reason and try to hook back up, I get linked to the sign on page... I still haven't figured that one out.

I've also found most Radisson hotels give you free wireless and Lithuania of all places had so many free hotspots it was unbelievable. Even towns like Siauliai had it.

cheers,

9. Posted by sbourgoin (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I am not so sure about hotel chains in the UK or Europe, but in the US WiFi has become a standard hotel amenity particularly for anything business class or higher. I work in a hotel, and we wouldn't be able to book ANY government or corporate contracts without it.

Sarah B.

10. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I'm currently travelling through Canada and wireless (even internet itself) is definitely not standard. It's there in most cases so far, and even in a few unlikely spots (where it might not have been their actual connection :) ), but yesterday for example there was none. On that note though, these are places with no mobile reception either ...

I still think the sheraton shouldn't dare charge for it. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that any property not offering it for free should get a star taken off their ranking It's worth more to most business people than a pool I'm guessing...