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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 ...

Texting Is Now Free on Delta: Here's How It Works

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/27/2017, 12:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has announced that starting this weekend, passengers on 90% of its flights will be able to use the carrier's in-flight Wi-Fi network to text with people on the ground for free. The service will be text-only—no videos or photos. To use it, passengers must access the signal using the Gogo app, which you can get at airborne.gogoinflight.com. Texting will then only be permitted via Wha...

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...

JetBlue Announces It Will Offer Free Wi-Fi

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/15/2015, 12:15 PM

It's no secret that the major airlines act like lemmings. One adds a baggage fee and the next follows. One throws a sale, and soon the whole pack is in. But for once that may be a good thing, because yesterday JetBlue announced that it would be eliminating one of the most loathed flying fees: Wi-Fi connectivity. It will be offering its "Fly-Fi" for free aboard its entire fleet. An...

Are Cruises Becoming All-Inclusive? Kinda. Sorta. Maybe.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/07/2015, 12:30 AM

While those who head to sea are no longer afflicted by rickets (too many citrus fruits on the buffet for that), they do sometimes have to handle noroviruses, seasickness, and that most invidious of miseries: the feeling of being “nickled and dimed” to death. But that may be about to change, thanks to a new program being instituted by Celebrity Cruises. Is this good news for travelers? You...

Marriott Gives Up Trying to Block Your Wi-Fi—Other Hotels Better Not Try, Either

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/30/2015, 10:30 PM

Marriott tried very hard to get the government to allow it to block your Wi-Fi signal. The hotel brand attempted to justify the act as a "security" measure, but in practice, doing so forced guests to purchase its own expensive signal if they wanted to get online while on Marriott premises. Last fall, the federal government has slapped Marriott with a $600,000 fine for blocking guest Intern...

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...

The World's Most Obscene Hotel Wi-Fi Charge

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/05/2014, 4:00 PM

What would you do if you signed on to the Wi-Fi in your hotel room and saw a bill for €300 (US $391) the next morning? According to the Telegraph, that's what guests of the Majestic Barriere in Cannes are being hit with.  The hotel (which isn't one Frommer's recommends) used to charge €15 a day for everyone, but like so many hotels it recently switched to a tiered system in which the m...

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...

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