Haptik partners with WiFire to help users find fast, free WiFi near them

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I am sure you have heard of Haptik – the personal assistant app that does almost everything for you – from booking cabs, to setting up reminders, to paying bills, and checking you into your flight.

Amongst the numerous questions, their users ask them, finding the nearest free WiFi hotspot happens to be quite common. This isn’t surprising because users are often on the lookout for public WiFi hotspots to make their mobile data packs last longer.

We are excited to partner with Haptik to help their users find and connect to free, secure WiFi hotspots around them in seconds, through a simple chat interface. WiFire’s automatically curated free WiFi database is now available to users on Haptik through a single tap!

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With several initiatives from Google to Facebook, from the state governments to municipal bodies rolling out WiFi, consumers have come to expect seamless discovery of WiFi whenever they’re out in public places – be it a mall, railway station, or an airport. The WiFire database powered by the WiFire API has over 8,000 hotspots listed so far in India, and continues to grow rapidly.

We look forward to helping Haptik users find the best free WiFi hotspots in their city and always staying connected.

WiFire featured in the 10 Best Apps of 2016 on iOS

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We are excited to announce that WiFire just got featured in the ‘10 Best Apps of the Year’ on the App Store! WiFire was  launched with the goal of making secure public WiFi accessible for everyone in India. And being featured as one of the 10 best apps makes us believe that we are a step closer to our goal. This success would not have been possible without our loyal supporters, and we are grateful to each one of you for your love and faith in us.

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The iOS app comes loaded with features such as:

  1. Secure WiFi sharing – Share your WiFi, without sharing your password. Now comes with an option to set an ‘expiry time’ for WiFi sharing.
  2. Check WiFi speed and ratings of favorite networks
  3. Save WiFi passwords to your profile and sync across devices

We are trying our best to continue this trend of being featured and listed in the best apps categories. Keep sharing the love like you always have and we will continue delivering.

Download the app now, if you haven’t done so already!

Top 7 Free Public WiFi Hotspots in Bangalore

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Nicknamed as the ‘Silicon Valley of India’, Bangalore is one city that embraces people from all walks of life – startup enthusiasts, college students looking to nail an internship, remote workers looking to find their own piece of heaven in this city and more. As a result, the city is home to some of the most unique cafes and friendly workspaces.

Below are 7 of our favorites spots or WiFi hotspots in Bangalore to step into for some casual browsing or to work out of (not listed in order of preference). While not all of them offer delicious coffee, you have our word that they provide reliable, free WiFi.

1) The Yogisthaan Cafe

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Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 8AM to 9.30PM

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Nestled between narrow bylanes and tall trees this is a truly stunning cafe. The entire cafe is decked up in cottage white interiors with a mini library shelf right at the centre. Being quite a popular hangout among the crowds, the cafe tends to get crowded and loud over the weekends. However, it’s a nice place to sit back and get some work done during the early half of the day.

And while you are there, we’d recommend you give their tea a try. It comes with a hint of jaggery that can brighten your day in just a sip. Also, they have a very friendly labrador named ‘Doctor’ who loves being petted.

2) Om Made Cafe

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Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 12 noon to 11PM

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This has got to be one of the most picturesque cafes of Bangalore! It comes with a rooftop seating that makes it a delightful place to be at during breezy evenings. Watching the city light up as the sun goes down while you sit back and gorge down their Bufala Flatbread makes it a beautiful spot to wrap up some work.  

The place can get really crowded over the weekends. However, during the weekdays you can easily find a place to sit down and enjoy that great view along with some soothing music. They provide speedy WiFi as well.

3) Church Street Social

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Opening Hours:  Mon to Sun, 9AM to 1AM

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Decked up in an industrial design, this iconic pub has lot of quirky elements to it – boxes made of rulers to hold sauces, tables made of wooden crates and toilet paper rolls that dispense paper napkins. While it is not the kind of place to grab a cup of coffee at, we highly recommend you give their signature cocktails a try.

There’s a downside to being so popular – it can get really packed over the weekends. So, if you are looking for a spot to sit down and take in those quirky elements around you while you wrap up some work, then you should probably pay a visit in the noon over the weekdays.

4) Cafe Nosh

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Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 12 noon to 10.30PM

Location

Situated in a quaint location close to the GKVK campus, this well lit cafe boasts of some great ambience and chic decor. If you are on the lookout for a nice, quiet place that offers enough peace to let you focus on your work while letting you munch on some scrumptious pasta and desserts, then this will definitely end up being your go-to place.

If you are someone who loves pasta then you will love their Chicken Alfredo pasta and Chicken Pesto pasta. On the other hand, if you are someone with a bit of a sweet tooth, then you must give their Tender Coconut Souffle a try.

5) Windmills Craftworks

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Opening Hours: Tue to Sat, 12 noon to 1AM and Sun to Mon, 12 noon to 11.30PM

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Right from the wooden flooring to the vast collection of books to the jazz music, the Windmills Craftworks gives you enough and more reasons to keep coming back for more. While this is not the place where you head to for a cup of coffee, they offer some of the best crafted beers in Bangalore. We highly recommend their Hefeweizen. You could also just try their beer sampler and decide on the drink of your choice.

Being one of the most popular microbreweries in Bangalore, this place is usually jam packed over the weekends. So, if you are looking to get some work done you should probably head out in the noon on a weekday. They also have an outdoor seating that makes for a beautiful spot to wrap up some work.

6) California Pizza Kitchen

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Opening Hours: Mon to Thu , 12 noon to 11PM and Fri to Sun, 12 noon to 1 AM

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If you are a die hard fan of lip-smacking pizzas, then California Pizza Kitchen is your heaven. The classy ambience and plush, comfortable seating, just adds on the warm feeling. They offer an unparalleled pizza experience along with some great starters and desserts. To top it all, they even offer a pretty stable and speedy WiFi, making it a great place to work, relax, and just hang out.

And the best part is that, you can just walk in and find a seat for yourself quite easily. And after you help yourself to their yummylicious pizza, we highly recommend you give their Tiramisu a try.

7) Infinitea

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Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 11AM to 11PM

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“We are all mad here” said Alice, “Mad about tea” — reads the graffiti on the walls of the cafe. They are inspired from the tea party scenes from the classic book, Alice in Wonderland. Aptly so, as the place is all about tea! Located adjacent to a beautiful park on Double road, they have an indoor seating and a wonderful al fresco seating area. The ambiance is splendid and totally lives up to its name.

Right from green teas to Earl Grey, they have a gamut of options for tea. We highly recommend you give their snacks a try as well. Also, being a popular hangout, the cafe can get crowded over the weekends. So, if you are looking out for a space to work in peace, then you should probably head out at noon.

What are your favourite WiFi hotspots in Bangalore? Let me know in the comments below.

Everything You Need to Know About IRCTC Tatkal Tickets

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It goes without saying that booking a tatkal train ticket can be quite a taxing task. Particularly because of the insane number of people who wait with bated breath to login to the IRCTC website and book their tickets as soon as the clock strikes 10 in the morning. Now the internet is filled with blogs that talk about tips and tricks on how to beat the crowd and get your hands on those precious tatkal tickets. However, there are not many blogs that talk in detail about the things you need to keep in mind, right from the booking timings to cancellation charges to premium tatkal.

In this blog we will discuss in detail about everything you need to know about tatkal tickets:

1) Booking Timings:

Ticket booking under the Tatkal scheme opens to public looking to book tickets for AC classes at 10 am on the day before the journey while tickets for non-AC classes opens to public for booking at 11 am on the day before the journey. You can either book the tickets online or from the station where the train begins its journey at. One of the primary must-haves in order to succeed at tatkal ticket booking is fast internet.

With Google’s high speed Railwire WiFi now available at over 72 railway stations across India, you can easily book your tickets online at the stations too. And to make things more easy, you don’t have to spend time chasing down OTPs and filling out web forms to connect to Railwire WiFi. Just connect to it in one tap at all 72 railway stations in India with the WiFire app (available on both Android and iOS).

2) Ticket charges:

Tatkal ticket charges vary based on the class of your travel and the distance that you will end up covering as a result.

Class of TravelMinimum tatkal charges (in Rs)

Maximum tatkal charges (in Rs)
Second Class10/- 15/-
Sleeper100/-200/-
AC III Tier300/-400/-
AC II Tier400/-500/-

3) No ID proof required for Tatkal ticket bookings:

As of September 2015, passengers are not required to mention or furnish a photocopy of the proof of identity, while booking a Tatkal ticket or enter the ID details while booking tickets online.

However, one of the passengers (in case of a group of passengers who booked tatkal tickets together) is required to produce any one of the following proofs of identity in the original during the journey, to avoid being penalised. They are:

(a) Voter’s Photo Identity Card

(b) Passport

(c) PAN Card

(d) Driving Licence

(e) Aadhar Card

(f) Photo Identity Card with a serial number issued by the Central or State Government

(g) Student identity card with photograph issued by a recognised School or College

(h) Passbook of Nationalised Banks with a photograph

(i) Credit cards issued by banks with a laminated photograph

(j) Photo identity cards having serial number issued by Public Sector Undertakings of the State/Central Government, District Administrations, Municipal bodies and Panchayat Administrations.

4) Ticket cancellation charges:

The cancellation charges for tatkal tickets depend on the status of your ticket (i.e whether it is confirmed or not). As per the regulations of the Indian railways, users cannot avail refund on cancellation of confirmed tatkal tickets. However, tatkal tickets on the waiting list can be refunded on cancellation.

For example, if you cancel your waitlisted tatkal tickets before the final chart preparation (i.e 30 mins before the scheduled train departure time), then remaining amount after the deduction of clerkage charge (Rs.60 per passenger) will be refunded.

Also, if your train is running late by more than three hours at the station where your journey is supposed to begin, then you can cancel your confirmed tatkal tickets, if you no longer wish to undertake the journey. No cancellation charges or clerkage fee will be charged in such cases and the full amount will be refunded to the passenger. In case of e-tickets, the TDR (Ticket Deposit Receipt) should be filed online before the actual departure of the train for availing full refund. In case of i-tickets, the ticket should be surrendered before the actual departure of the train.

5) Premium Tatkal Quota:

Premium Tatkal tickets are charged based on a dynamic pricing which means that ticket prices tend to increase with demand. Such tickets can only be booked online.

In addition to that, neither waiting list tickets nor RAC tickets are issued under the Premium Tatkal quota. You can only book confirmed tickets. The ticket cancellation Other rules for this quota are similar to that of tatkal quota – i.e no refunds can be availed on the  cancellation of premium tatkal tickets.

If you’re looking to stay connected while on-the-go, download WiFire to connect to free RailWire WiFi at 72 railway stations —and over 6000+ public WiFi networks across India — with a single tap.

Announcing FindWiFi.co: Discover 6000+ free public WiFi Hotspots wherever you go

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The Internet is an integral part of our existence now, be it connecting with our family over Skype calls, snapchatting from our favourite pub, or posting pictures on Instagram when on a holiday. With this growing need to be connected at all times and with limited mobile data availability, the need for access to public WiFi is only getting stronger.

Looking at how crucial a role WiFi plays in our daily lives, we are excited to announce FindWiFi.co, an online directory that allows you to discover 6000+ free public WiFi hotspots wherever you live or travel, thus making your mobile data last longer. You can simply type in your location to discover public WiFi hotspots such as cafes, restaurants and malls near you, check the speed of the WiFi offered, filter your search by categories or distance, as well as navigate to the selected location.

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Not only that, we make connecting to these public WiFi hotspots a lot easier with the WiFire app. For example, WiFire allows you to connect to secure, free public WiFi in one tap by removing the need for filling up webforms and chasing down OTPs.

FindWiFi helps you discover public WiFi at:

– Airports: Easily connect to free WiFi provided at 30+ airports such as Kempegowda International Airport (Bengaluru), Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (Mumbai), Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (Hyderabad) and more – you name it and we have it!

– Railway & bus stations: We ensure that you stay connected on-the-go at places such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Central Local Station, Delhi Junction railway station, Pune Railway Station, Lucknow Junction Railway Station. WiFire also connects you to free public WiFi at Metro/MRT stations and bus stations such as Kempegowda Bus Station (Bengaluru), Public Gardens Bus Station and more than 40 others.

– Starbucks, KFC, McDonald’s locations: Connect to free WiFi at Starbucks, KFC, and McDonald’s outlets.

– Malls & other public areas:  Access WiFi easily while waiting for your friends or sipping coffee at malls such as Infiniti in Mumbai, Orion in Bangalore, Pacific in New Delhi and many more.

– Restaurants & coffee shops: From high-end restaurants to small coffee shops, you can now use free WiFi with one single tap.

FindWiFi allows you to simply discover the best public WiFi hotspots around you and WiFire connects you to them with a single tap. No need to enter passwords or fill out web forms. Now connecting to public WiFi is as easy as it can get!

WiFire Featured in the Economic Times Panache

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WiFire recently got featured in the Economic Times Panache as “an app that is a boon for anyone constantly searching for wi-fi hotspots”. The article starts off by taking note of the issues faced by users in general with respect to mobile data.

“For a lot of users, running into the monthly data limit is quite common. Then there are the travellers who might end up paying even more for data, thanks to roaming costs” notes the article. It then goes on to talk about how WiFire helps users deal with this by addressing the root cause behind this – lack of access to free public WiFi hotspots around them.

The blog recommends both the iOS and Android app and talks about how simple it is to connect to free WiFi in India, using the app – users can simply scroll around on the map to find more WiFi hotspots around them. The blog also talks about how “each hotspot is marked with a flag, showing you a distance from your current location and name”.

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The article then tops it up with one of experiences that has never failed to put a smile of the face of our users – the auto login feature that connects users to hotspots operated by RailWire, Tata Docomo, Ozone, BSNL and Reliance Jio in one tap.

WiFire currently helps users discover and connect to 6000+ free public WiFi hotspots across India – including airports, all railway stations that offer RailTel’s Railwire WiFi, Starbucks, Mc Donald’s and loads of cafes and restaurants.

What are you waiting for? Download the app now. Trust us, you will love it!

WiFire Featured in Gadgets360

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WiFire was recently featured in NDTV’s Gadgets360 for its work in connecting users to free public WiFi hotspots across India. The article talks about how cellular networks in India can be quite unreliable at times and in such cases, a great solution could be connecting to free public WiFi hotspots,while on the go. This is not an easy task in itself. And while there are a few apps that do the same thing, this is what the article has to say: “There are plenty of apps that do the same thing but some are spammy, some are scammy, and many of them don’t have a great database of Wi-Fi networks in India. WiFire is not like those apps.”

The blog reviews both the Android and the iOS app and talks about how simple it is to connect to free WiFi in India, using the app. “We also tested the app at the airport – the Wi-Fi network there needs you to log in with an OTP, and WiFire actually lets you automate this whole process. That part was pretty great” is what it had to say about connecting to WiFi at airports. In the end, the article also mentions who could benefit most from the app: “This app could be very useful for people visiting India from other countries, particularly those who don’t have a local SIM.”

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WiFire currently helps to discover and connect to 6000+ free public WiFi hotspots across India – including airports, all railway stations that offer RailTel’s Railwire WiFi, Starbucks, Mc Donald’s and loads of cafes and restaurants. What are you waiting for? Download the app now. Trust us, you will love it!

Stations Where Google’s Free RailWire WiFi is Available

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Back in January, Google launched its first free WiFi network at Mumbai Central Station as part of an ambitious collaboration with the RailTel Corporation.

The two companies announced that they planned to eventually roll out free WiFi to 400 railway stations across India using the extensive RailWire broadband infrastructure, with a goal of hitting over 100 stations by the end of 2016.

Over the following months, free hotspots appeared in several other stations across the country as part of the project. Today, Google’s free RailWire WiFi is available at around 74 locations, as seen below:

Allahabad Junction

Bhopal Junction

Bhubaneswar

Chennai Central

Ernakulam Junction South (Kochi)

Gorakhpur Junction

Guwahati

Jaipur Junction

Kacheguda

Lucknow Junction

Patna Junction

Pune Junction

Raipur Junction

Ranchi

Sealdah Railway Station

Ujjain Junction

Vijayawada Junction

Visakhapatnam

Mughalsarai Junction

Chandigarh Junction

Mumbai Central

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Kalyan Junction (Thane district)

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

Dadar Central Railway station

Bandra

Bandra Terminus

Khar Road

Dadar Western Railway Station

Churchgate

Ajmer Junction

Hajipur Junction

Kanpur Central

Dehradun

Kozhikode (Calicut)

Hazrat Nizamuddin

Tambaram

Jhansi Junction

Jodhpur Junction

Thrissur

Cuttack

Andheri

Borivali

Kurla

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Madurai Junction

Panvel

Thane

Byculla

Tirupati

Tiruchirappalli Junction

Puri 

Gaya Junction

Mathura Junction

Indore Junction

Gwalior

Thiruvananthapuram Central

Udaipur City Railway Station

Jabalpur Junction

Kharagpur Junction

Kota Junction

Secunderabad Junction

Nampally (Hyderabad Deccan)

Surat

Mangalore Central

Amritsar Junction

Arasur

Coimbatore Junction

Solapur

Arakkonam Junction

Lucknow Charbagh

Belapur

Vashi

Jalandhar City

Nagpur Junction

At all of these locations, travelers can access the free service by completing a multi-step verification process involving a One-Time-Password (OTP) and sign in form. If you have the WiFire app installed on your phone, though, you can save time connecting by letting WiFire automatically enter the OTP and fill out the sign in form for you.

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If you’re looking to stay connected while on-the-go, download WiFire to connect to these RailWire networks—and over 4500+ public WiFi networks across India—with a single tap. Enjoy the free connection on your next rail journey!  

Your Wait Ends Here! WiFire Now on iOS

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Over the past few months, the WiFire office has been bustling with energy as we spend many a days and nights (and occasionally a couple of weekends too) crafting a better and faster version of WiFire for iOS. And looking at the great response that our Android app has received, today we are proud to announce that the newest member of the WiFire family, WiFire for iOS, has finally hit the App Store.

All those struggles that you had to go through chasing down OTPs and filling out web forms to connect to public WiFi, end here. You can now discover and connect to secure, public WiFi networks around you in one tap (that’s right, you will be online in a flash!).

Already excited? Well, this is just the beginning. WiFire is the only app in India to be integrated with the latest iOS 9 Network Extension APIs that provide a seamless one touch experience while connecting to any public WiFi hotspot near you!

Already in a rush to head to the App Store? Hold on, there is more.

WiFire on iOS comes with all the exciting new features that we recently rolled out to Android. Here’s a sneak peek into some of them:

1) Easily & quickly connect to 3500+ reliable public hotspots

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Connecting to WiFi networks has never been so easy. WiFire provides you a 1 step access to over 3500 free public WiFi hotspots across India and this number is rapidly growing. So be it work or leisure, WiFire is surely your WiFi savior.

2) Share your WiFi without sharing your password

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Are you someone who thinks twice before sharing your WiFi password with another person? Have you been secretly wishing for a way that allows you to share your WiFi without spelling out your password loudly? Your wait ends here. With WiFire, you can now share your WiFi with anyone who drops by your home by texting her the link.

3) Check WiFi speed and rate your favourite networks

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With WiFire you can now avoid all that googling and typing to get a WiFi speed test done. Not only that, you can even check out a nearby network’s rating to decide if you should try connecting to it in the first place.

4) Autofill web forms at free, public WiFi networks

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While there are several WiFi hotspots in the city, entering page long web forms and OTPs really gets us irritated! Which is why we built in a little elf inside WiFire to do the boring work for you.

So, what are you waiting for? Head right away to the App Store, and download the WiFire app today! You are sure to be delighted when you see those web forms fill themselves up in a flash! Trust us, you will love it!