The internet has become a basic necessity to most today. We access the internet for a host of reasons, from checking emails to viewing the latest movie trailers to ordering groceries. While you can use your phone’s data plan, it can prove to be quite expensive and would not be always available. A good way to deal with this problem is to leverage WiFi hotspots, or even better, free WiFi hotspots! You would be quite surprised to find out that there are infact many free WiFi hotspots that you can access, no matter where you are in the country. Here is our list of the top 10 ways on how to connect to free WiFi
1. Search for free public WiFi hotspots
Popular public locations like bus stands, airports, and shopping areas offer free WiFi. Well known telecom operators like Tata Docomo and Reliance among others also provide free WiFi via their hotspots. Tata Docomo for instance, offers free WiFi connectivity across 500+ WiFi hotspots in India, from major hotels to airports to educational institutes.
2. Find restaurants that offer free WiFi
Many popular restaurants and cafes today offer free WiFi. For instance, almost all Starbucks cafes, KFC, and McDonald’s restaurants in India offer free WiFi. You can also look up any restaurant directory in your city and find the list of restaurants that offer free WiFi.
3. Look up a hotspot database
In case you are not around any restaurant or cafe, you can still manage to find free WiFi by looking up a WiFi hotspot data base. Such databases list the hotspots available in and around a locality. RZONE is one such database in India that allows you to search for free WiFi hotspots in your city.
4. Sign up for loyalty programs that offer free WiFi
In an attempt to garner customer loyalty, few businesses today offer free WiFi services when you sign up for their loyalty programs. A good example of this would be that of Ola, the popular cab booking service. As part its rewards program called ‘Ola Select’, Ola offers free WiFi on cab rides taken by their frequent customers.
Your very own smartphone has an in-built WiFi scanner. You will be surprised to find out that not everyone secures their network with a password. Just go to Settings > WiFi on your smartphone and search for connections that are labeled ‘open’ or ‘unsecured’ and connect to them.
6. Walk into a mall
Leading malls in many metros offer free WiFi. For instance, Forum mall in Bangalore, Phoenix mall in Chennai and Manjeera mall in Hyderabad are few of the malls that offer free WiFi to visitors.
7. Go to a library
Most libraries offer WiFi, given the increasing number of online resources available. Most of the times, you might have to walk in and ask the librarian for the WiFi password in order to connect to the WiFi network. If you are lucky enough, you might find WiFi passwords stuck on locations like notice boards or reading areas.
8. Walk into an electronic store
Electronic stores generally need WiFi to demonstrate products to customers. Many Apple Stores for instance provide free WiFi. You can walk to any such electronic store and hook on to their WiFi network or request for the password.
9. Tether to a friend’s phone
In case of an emergency, you can always request your friend or neighbour for WiFi access. You can tether your friend’s phone to connect to free WiFi and send the important email or whatsapp message.
10. Simply use the WiFire App
You can connect to public WiFi by following any of steps mentioned above. A simpler and more reliable option would be to download the WiFire app and enjoy public WiFi access no matter where you are in India.
This nifty app seamlessly connects you to WiFi hotspots practically anywhere, be it restaurants, airports, malls or other public hotspots. Once you have downloaded the app, your phone automatically connects you to WiFi hotspots without the need to type passwords or enter OTPs or fill out forms. With a huge network of verified WiFi hotspots, WiFire sends you helpful notifications, whenever it can connect you to a free WiFi hotspot.
To understand how connecting to public WiFi hotspots with the WiFire app helps you save time for what actually matters, check out this video below: