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Which North American Airport Has the Fastest Free Wi-Fi?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/18/2018, 12:00 AM

Finding an airport with free Wi-Fi in the United States and Canada isn't as hard as it once was. It's still a challenge, though, to find free airport Wi-Fi that doesn't move at a pace recalling cold molasses, elderly turtles, or repairs to the New York City subway system. But the situation is improving in some terminals, according to a new report from Ookla, the company behind the Speedtest site ...

A Novel Device for Sharing Wi-Fi in the Sky

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/02/2016, 6:45 PM

You're at 1,600 feet and suddenly you feel the bile rising in your throat. It's not turbulence. It's the outrageously high cost of Wi-Fi in the sky. I wish I could tell you've we found a way to get around the exorbitant fees being charged by GoGo Worldwide, the internet provider that serves most of the major airlines. We haven't. But USA Today has found a nifty gadget that allows u...

Free Wi-Fi at All Hyatts Now (With a Catch)

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/13/2015, 8:30 PM

Another hotel brand, Hyatt, has decided it should change the way it approaches Wi-Fi access. Everyone staying at any Hyatt hotel after today can access the Web for free. But there's a catch. Like many other hotels, Hyatt has figured out a way to monetize "free." In this case, the bandwidth of standard Wi-Fi will not be fast enough for guests to watch videos. A Hyatt representative describe...

Hooray for Hyatt! Its End-of-the-Year Announcement is "Free Wi-Fi for All"

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/23/2014, 1:30 PM

It's nice to end the year on some good news! Hyatt Hotels, that massive chain that now consists of 573 properties in 43 countries, will be offering free Wi–Fi to ALL guests beginning in February of 2015. There's really not much more to say than that. You don't have to join the loyalty program, don't have to shell out on some hidden fee, won't have to pledge your first born. The giveaw...

Finally! This Site Shames Hotels with Lousy Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2014, 5:30 PM

One of the great annoyances of hotel stays today is that although nearly all properties boldly advertise they have Wi-Fi, not all of them prove to be truly high-speed once you check in. The signal may be too weak in parts of the building, the bandwidth may be clogged at night with other guests binge-watching Hulu, or the standard speed may only be good enough for the most basic e-mail function...

Legal Marijuana in Jamaica and Free Wi-Fi in Japan

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2014, 10:15 PM

Getting wifi in Japan and legal marijuana in Jamaica: most would assume these would be slam dunks for tourists. But despite reputations to the contrary, it's near impossible for tourists to get online in the "Land of the Rising Sun" (mostly because most locals use broadband). And ganja? That's illegal mon, no matter that everyone's smoking it. But both situations seem poised to ch...

New York City Subway Stations Get Tricky Free Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2013, 2:00 PM

After years of waiting, 36 stations in the New York City subway system, including the stations most popular with tourists (Times Square, Rockefeller Center) have been equipped with free wi-fi and voice calling. Trains themselves are not equipped, so visitors will need to conduct their business on the platforms and in the stations. We spent the past few weeks testing it out. The system is n...

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