Free WIFI hotspots

What are your favorites? I’ll kick this off with mine:

1. Libraries (Top pick!) – Most have fast, free wifi in a clean, quiet, comfortable setting. No obligation to make a purchase. Electricity is free, too. Many leave the wifi on after hours and it can be accessed in the parking lot.
2. Chase Banks – only when you are there anyway. Loitering in the lot after hours not recommended.
3. Racetrac gas stations – Can be accessed from the parking lot if you get a spot that is close to the source and not blocked by too many walls.

sestrahelena

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If I only need to do a quick search there’s a Starbucks on almost every corner....and you can usually hook onto their wi-fi from the parking lot.

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. Eleanor Roosevelt
And not just Starbucks, Coffee Bean, and most other coffee/tea joints.

In my neck of the woods, grocery stores have lounges and free offer both wi-fi and electricity.

Every McDonald's offers free-wifi. In some areas, they care about loiterers but where I am based, a $1 coke gets one many hours of internet access.

Sometimes, I enjoy the lobby or meeting floor of a high-end hotel.

And then, of course, there are the airports.
If you have Comcast you have access to millions of Xfinity hotspots. Some credit cards also offer a free Boingo subscription.
Starbucks/coffee houses. Whole Foods, Library's. Panera Bread, Mc'D's to name a few.

Live consciously....
There is a coffee shop in midtown that does not have wifi but there is a hotel in the same building with lobby wifi. It's a good spot and not many other people use it for work.
I called a chipotle to find out if they had wi-fi and they said no !? I thought they would have it.
So Starbucks is free now? Last time I was in one, probably on a shop (yeah - that long ago), you had to pay for it.

sestrahelena
Oh, and some Wendy's have it free. I'm not sure if it's all of them. The funny thing is, the one I went to was in a truck stop and the truck stop wanted you to pay for their Wi-Fi. T/A, Loves and Petro all want pay.

sestrahelena
That’s 12 years or so? Yeah, there’s free wifi in all Starbucks now.

@sestrahelena wrote:

So Starbucks is free now? Last time I was in one, probably on a shop (yeah - that long ago), you had to pay for it.
I know where all the local free WiFi is. I agree with you OP. Libraries tend to have the fastest WiFi. And I can use their computer most of the time too. Faster than my phone or tablet.
Are these free wi-fi safe though ? I always wondered. Maybe as long as we don't do personal banking or email ?
All public wifi carries some risk. You can encrypt your laptop with a VPN to minimize this risk.
I wasn't clear in my question. I was thinking about using wi-fi on my cell. I am very cautious about that given how much important data is on my phone. I'll probably just use data only instead of wi-fi.
There's an Android app called WhatsVPN. I use it on phone and tablet and it works great. And it's free.

@7star wrote:

I wasn't clear in my question. I was thinking about using wi-fi on my cell. I am very cautious about that given how much important data is on my phone. I'll probably just use data only instead of wi-fi.
If you have a really good phone plan with lots of data you can use your phone as a hotspot (providing, of course, you have service in the area).

sestrahelena
Just discovered a new coffee house, so much better than the typical Starbucks. Comfortable leather chairs, great coffee, nice outdoor area shady and not facing parking lot....found it on a grocery job.

Live consciously....
I use a free VPN for my Android phone. It's called Thunder VPN. I use it when I'm in places with free wifi, but I'm never comfortable with the level of security. I've used it in hospitals, doctor's offices and retail establishments.
WaWa has free wifi. The signal is very strong.

What's a WaWa: a Philadelphia-based convenience store that offers great, authentic hoagies.

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I don't like using public WiFi but in my area Lowe's has the fastest strongest signal I found. McDonald's is worthless. May as well use dial up.

I enjoy awkward questions and uncomfortable silences. This gas station pavement is $%^@*#& hot.
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