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

Chennai Egmore

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.

Free WiFi at Mumbai Central

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!

Introducing Secure WiFi Sharing, Network Syncing and more

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In our endeavour to make WiFi as reliable and ubiquitous as bottled water, we are excited to announce WiFire 3.14 (we have nicknamed it WiFire ‘π’). This new version is power packed with great new features, that will make your experience of using the app all the more fun!

So what are these features, and why should you care? Without much ado, let’s dive into what’s new:

1.Share WiFi privately: With this new version of WiFire you can share your WiFi with friends and family without sharing passwords! How many times has an old aunt visiting you asked for your WiFi password? Didn’t the very thought of wording out your password send a shudder down your spine? You know what I mean 😉

Well, we have you sorted now. With WiFire you can simply text a link to anyone you want to share your network with, and that’s it. Your WiFi network remains private and is shared 1-on-1 with only those friends and family who have received your link. It is not made available to the general public.

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2.Sync ‘favorite’ networks: You can now favorite your most frequented networks, and connect to these networks even if your 3G data or location services is turned off. Use WiFire to save all your WiFi networks to your profile and have them available on any device you log into. No need to type WiFi passwords into each device you own!

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3.Check WiFi speed and rate your favorite networks: Now you can check the Internet connection speed at any WiFi hotspot, and rate that network. Not only will you know if there is a public WiFi hotspot nearby, but also how fast it is and what fellow users think of that network. Isn’t that awesome?

Check speed and rate networks

With this update, we make it possible to connect not only to over 3,500 public WiFire hotspots, but also to your friend’s WiFi with a single tap.

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well.

Top 10 Cafes in Chennai with Free WiFi

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As one of India’s largest metros, Chennai has always had a huge variety of cultural activities and culinary options to take advantage of. Recently, however, the city has also developed a growing cafe scene, full of great spots for people to meet up, socialize and get some work done using free WiFi.

Next time you’re in this coastal South Indian metro, check out these top 10 cafes with free WiFi:

1) Spoonbill (Alwarpet)

Its menu features cuisines from all over the world, from Indian dishes to German bratwursts to burritos and more. This variety of options, coupled with its laid back ambiance and ample seating, make Spoonbill a great spot to grab a bite and work for a bit.

Address: 239/107, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai

2) Chamiers Cafe (RA Puram)

This British-inspired cafe has comfortable, chic indoor seating that also spills into an outdoor courtyard. It has a top-notch all-day breakfast, tasty coffee and plenty of healthy sandwiches and pasta dishes that are sure to satisfy.

Address: 106, Chamiers Road, Opposite Adyar Park Gate, RA Puram, Chennai

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3) The Brew Room (Mylapore)

Located in the upscale Savera Hotel, The Brew Room is known for its relaxing all-white decor and delectable desserts. It also has plenty of pleasant outdoor seating to take advantage of when Chennai’s weather shapes up in the cooler months of the year.

Address: The Savera Hotel, 146, RK Salai,Mylapore, Chennai

4) Zha Cafe (Porur)

With comfortable seating, quirky decor, and plenty of tasty finger foods, Zha Cafe is a perfect hangout spot in Southwest Chennai. Make sure to try their smoothies and “ice crushes” to cool off on a scorching summer day!

Address: 11A, Shakthi Nagar, Mount Poonamallee Road, Porur, Chennai

5) The Port Cafe (Kodambakkam)

This aptly named resto cafe features nautical-themed decorations and lots of foliage in its outdoor patio area. Its menu has plenty of burgers, wraps, salads and more to tide you over as you while away an evening taking in the ambiance (and the fast, free WiFi!).

Address: 72, Arcot Road, Opposite koncept Hospital, Kodambakkam, Chennai

6) That Madras Place (Adyar)

Though named after the South Indian city, That Madras Place makes you feel like you’re in a European cafe from the moment you enter. Its sleek, wooden furniture and bright, open room help to clear your head as you enjoy some of its tasty main dishes and desserts.

Address: 34/29, 2nd Main Road, Kasturibai Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

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7) Craveyard Cafe (Adyar)

This quirky hangout space is located in a converted old home in Chennai’s Adyar neighborhood. It has a nice rooftop seating area and a cozy interior, depending on what you prefer.

Address: 18, 2nd Canal Cross Street, Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, Chennai

8) Blur Cafe (Royapettah)

Because it’s in the same complex as the Sathyam Cinemas, Blur Cafe is a great pit stop before or after watching a movie with friends. Its interior is simple and its menu is straightforward, making it an overall reliable cafe experience for those in the area.

Address: 8, 5th Floor, Sathyam Cinemas Complex, Thiruvika Road,Royapettah, Chennai

9) Double Roti (Teynampet)

Quickly becoming a popular student hangout, Double Roti serves up quick American dishes in a trendy cafe environment. Their menu offers burgers, french fries, garlic bread and, for the health-conscious, even some fresh salads!

Address: 4/27, Cenotaph, 1st Street,Teynampet, Chennai

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10) Ciclo Cafe (Kotturpuram)

This upscale bicycle-themed cafe is a must-see if you are in South Chennai looking for great food & coffee at reasonable prices. Though everything on the menu is tasty, we highly recommend that you try the pizza verdure and salted caramel cheesecake!

Address: 47, Gandhi Mandapam Road,Kotturpuram, Chennai

Download WiFire to connect to these networks and several other public WiFi hotspots with a single tap—no need to enter passwords or fill out web forms. Happy WiFi surfing!

WiFire is coming soon to Singapore! Now connect to free WiFi with a single tap

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Imagine effortlessly connecting to reliable, free WiFi wherever you are, be it MRT stations or cafes or even your favourite mall. Wouldn’t that be so awesome? With the Wifire app, you can also save on phone data charges while you seamlessly connect to all public WiFi hotspots with just a single tap on the app.

WiFire has been hugely successful in transforming mobile WiFi experiences across India and we are now excited to extend our app to Singapore!

Here’s a quick look on how WiFire works

Some of the cool features of WiFire in Singapore are:

  • Seamlessly connect  to reliable public WiFi  

Connecting to WiFi on the move is now just a click away. WiFire has close to 1000 free public WiFi hotspots across Singapore and this number is rapidly growing. So, with WiFire you can now connect to all public WiFi hotspots like Wireless@SG, Starbucks and McDonald’s among many other locations. So, just get WiFire and stay connected wherever you are.

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  • Auto-fill web forms and OTPs

WiFire provides the most seamless WiFi experience without the need to fill out lengthy web forms or enter OTPs. Just sign up on the WiFire app once and watch the magic unfold!

 

  • Discover and navigate to the closest WiFi location near you

Caught in the middle of the expressway with urgent emails to send out? WiFire not only helps you discover the nearest WiFi hotspot, it also helps you navigate to the place. Now, don’t you think that’s really cool?

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  • Earn rewards and points by adding and sharing new networks on WiFire

The driving belief of WiFire is ‘for the community, by the community’. So, even you can add WiFi networks to WiFire and earn Wi-points.

Like we said earlier, we are super thrilled to extend WiFire’s footprint and we will be in Singapore real soon! Sign up here if you want to be among the first one’s to get the app. So, what you waiting for? Go get some WiFire 🙂

7 Best Kept Travel Secrets of Frequents Flyers

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Travel has become an exciting part in most of our lives today, be it for business or for leisure. A bit of pre-planning, be it getting the best hotel deals or cashing in on extra travel miles or connecting to free WiFi anywhere, can go a long way in making traveling smooth, fun and memorable.

So what are the travel hacks frequent flyers swear by? Read this post to find out the best kept travel secrets from how to get the cheapest tickets to how to get free WiFi anywhere you go!

1. Clear your computer of cookies

The first rule that all frequent travelers follow is to clear their computers of any cookies before making bookings. Most travel booking sites use cookies to track visitor patterns on a site. A cookie is essentially a set of information about a site which includes user name, date and time of site visit. The travel websites then use the information to increase the prices if you have been running the same searches over a period of time. Hence, ensure that you clear your computer of cookies before making travel bookings.

2. Take the first flight of the day

Seasoned travelers will always tell you that taking the first flight of the day to any travel destination is the best way to ensure that travel plans stay on schedule. More often than not, early morning/morning flights are mostly on schedule and even if there are any delays, it gives you sufficient time to book another flight the same day.

3. Select seats on your flight

To ensure maximum comfort especially on long haul flights, it is best to select your flight seats in advance. Choose the aisle seat for good mobility or the emergency exit seat in case you prefer extra legroom. Many budget carriers however charge you for seat allocation. In case you are on a backpacking trip and do not wish to spend extra, a trick which works many times is to go to the airport ahead of schedule and request the airline staff to give you a seat of your choice.

4. Be ready for security checks

To ensure that you have a smooth experience at the airport, it is important to be ready for security checks. Ensure that any liquid products and your laptop are easily reachable along with your ID card details and boarding pass.

5. Connect to free WiFi

Many leading airports offer free WiFi so that travelers can catch up on news, social media or even make phone calls. Such airport WiFi hotspots often collect email addresses and OTPs from the user. Savvy travelers today however simplify this manual process by using free WiFi apps like WiFire.  Here is an interesting post on how to get free WiFi anywhere you go from airports  to cafes to restaurants among others in a single tap, without the need to enter OTPs or fill lengthy web forms. Here is an interesting list of restaurants with WiFi that is also available on WiFire.

6. Invest in loyalty programs

When investing in loyalty programs always look at programs that have partnerships or agreements with a wide range of airlines or hotels. Starwood hotel group and the Star Alliance are good examples of such programs. Loyalty plans from such groups easily allow you to accumulate points across a wide range of associated travel brands. In addition, such programs allow travelers to exchange points across different benefits. For example, in case you are running short of 500 points for your free hotel stay, you can use the extra points from your airline program in order to make up for the shortfall.

7. Choose the right hotel

It is essential for travelers to choose a hotel based on their budget and other travel requirements. Even if you are a budget traveler, it is essential to ensure certain key aspects like hotel cleanliness and safety. A good tip to saving money if you are a budget traveler is to avoid all extra services at the hotel, such as laundry and room service. Stepping out to dine will not only save you some money, but it will also help you explore the local culture better. In fact, there are many restaurants with WiFi today and this might be a good opportunity to access free WiFi while you travel.

Have you discovered any other travel hack? Do let us know about it by writing in the comments section below.

WiFire on Android is currently helping scores of travelers hook on to free WiFi wherever they go. Here is how you can get WiFi anywhere on your iPhone, in case you are an iOS user.

Top 10 Cafes in Hyderabad with Free WiFi

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Hyderabad is known for its up-and-coming tech scene and spicy Andhra food, but the South Indian metro is also developing a great cafe culture for visitors and locals alike.

So, the next time you’re in town, check out these top 10 cafes in Hyderabad with free WiFi:

1) Beyond Coffee (Jubilee Hills):

Located in the posh suburban neighborhood of Jubilee Hills, Beyond Coffee is a simple, reliable coffeeshop to start your day. Its menu features a great selection of snacks, teas, smoothies, coffees and more—truly living up to its name!

Address: Plot 237, Road 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

2) Mocha (Banjara Hills):

This popular sheesha lounge is tucked away on a quiet street in Banjara Hills, making it a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hyderabad. With spacious rooftop seating and an elegant, oaky ambiance, Mocha is a great place to kick back with friends, indulge in a filling meal and enjoy fast, free WiFi.

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Address: Plot 8-2-574/B, Road 7, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

3) Heart Cup Coffee (Kondapur)

With locations in Kondapur & Jubilee Hills, Heart Cup Coffee is well-known for its open, social set-up and extensive menu. We recommend stopping by for their great Sunday brunch that gives you bottomless food and drink!

Address: B 7 & 8, Jubilee Garden, Behind TCS Building, E Park, Kondapur, Hyderabad

4) Deli 9 Bistro (Gachibowli)

Though well-known for their desserts, Deli 9 Bistro has a menu full of everything from paos to baos to burgers, and more! If you’re ever in the IT-heavy suburb of Gachibowli, this is a great place to stop by for some quick bites and drinks with friends.

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Address: Wipro SEZ Parking Route, Beside Barbeque Nation, Financial District, Nanakram Guda,Gachibowli, Hyderabad

5) Coffee Cup (Sainikpuri)

Whether you’re looking to work or socialize, Coffee Cup is known for being one of the best cafes in and around Hyderabad. It has one of the best breakfast menus in town which can be enjoyed in their large, open patio.

Address: E 89, Above Canara Bank,Sainikpuri, Secunderabad

6) Whiteboard Cafe (HiTech City)

This place feels like a part co-working space, part-cafe and Whiteboard Cafe really does bring the best of both worlds. They have a delicious all-day breakfast and plenty of tables to work at, so stop by if you’re looking to get in zone and spend an afternoon getting work done.

Address: Plot 15/1, 1st Floor, Sector 2, Opposite Cyber Gateway, Hitech City, Hyderabad

7) The Gallery Cafe (Banjara Hills)

The chic spot in the heart of Banjara Hills is a quaint, one-room cafe with paintings on the wall and soothing music playing overhead. Art lovers, this is your must-see coffee shop in Hyderabad!

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Address: 8-2-585/1/B, Road 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

8) Chocolate Room (Madhapur)

Nothing goes better with a cup of coffee than a rich, chocolate-heavy dessert. The Chocolate Room, as its name suggests, is a great place to indulge your sweet tooth, with a seemingly endless menu of cakes, pastries, ice creams and other desserts.

Address: KKR Square, Kavuri Hills, Opposite HDFC Bank, Madhapur, Hyderabad

9) Conçu (Jubilee Hills)

Conçu is one of the most highly-rated cafes in all of Hyderabad, and for good reason! The ambiance is wonderful, the service is top-notch and the European-inspired menu is out of this world.

Address: 479/B, Road 21, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

10) Drunken Monkey (Madhapur)

This smoothie bar makes all of its drinks with pure natural fruits & vegetables, making it a must-try  next time you’re in Madhapur. They also have lots of quick bites and tofu bowls to round up their tasty, healthy menu.

Address: Opposite HDFC Bank, Madhapur Main Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad

Download WiFire to connect to these networks and several other public WiFi hotspots with a single tap—no need to enter passwords or fill out web forms. Happy WiFi surfing!

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.

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7 Places in Bangalore where You Wouldn’t Expect Free WiFi

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As India’s growing IT hub, it’s no surprise that Bangalore offers a growing number of free public WiFi hotspots. From Kempegowda International Airport to various restaurants and coffeeshops around the city, both tourists and locals have plenty of opportunities to stay connected while in “The Silicon Valley of India.”

However, outside of the popular WiFi cafes and coworking spaces, there are also several free hotspots in surprising places. Check out our list of 7 places around Bangalore where you wouldn’t expect to find free WiFi, and enjoy these hidden gems next time you’re out and about in the city.

1. Fast food restaurants – Next time you’re at KFC or McDonald’s to get your fix of fast food, take advantage of their free WiFi as well! In fact, both franchises offer free public hotspots to customers at all of their locations across India. Not bad!

2. Cabs – Both Ola and Uber have begun offering free WiFi in several of their cabs across Bangalore as they compete to provide the best on-demand transportation experiences. Ola, for instance, allows users to connect without needing to log in after completing a one-time authentication on their phones during their first connection.

3. KSRTC bus station – The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) began offering free WiFi at 13 of its largest bus stations across the state, including the Bangalore station. The connection lasts for either one hour or 100 MB of usage, whichever comes first. An excellent way to pass time while waiting to catch a bus!

4. Brewpubs – In addition to serving up delicious craft beer, many of the city’s popular brewpubs like Toit and Arbor offer reliable, free WiFi to their patrons. With great ambiance, ample seating and fast WiFi, many of Bangalore’s brewpubs are surprisingly great places to work remotely during the day — especially if you’d like to reward yourself with an afternoon beer (or two).

5. Chinnaswamy Stadium – Cricket fans, you’re in luck! Chinnaswamy Stadium now offers free WiFi to fans throughout the entire stadium. You can look up stats, check email or Instagram from the match without burning through your mobile data!

6. Malls – Bangaloreans can enjoy complimentary WiFi as they shop at many of the city’s malls, from Orion Mall in Malleshwaram to Phoenix Market City in Whitefield. Shop til’ you drop and, if you can’t find something in-store, order it from FlipKart right then and there.

7. Ice cream parlors – Wind down after dinner with a decadent ice cream sundae… and some good ‘ol free WiFi. Several ice cream shops across Bangalore such as Berry’d Alive, Stoner and Cream Stone have begun offering the complimentary service to ice cream lovers as the cherry on top of their visit.

Download WiFire and connect to these public hotspots across Bangalore with a single tap—no need to fumble over one-time-passwords (OTPs) at Chinnaswamy or ask for the network password while ordering ice cream. Enjoy!

WiFire on Android is transforming public WiFi experiences and the app will shortly be available on iOS as well. Sign up as a beta tester and experience an exclusive preview of WiFire on iOS.

10 Essential Apps For Every Business Traveler

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As a business traveler, you have a lot to worry about even when you’re off the job: flights to catch, expenses to track and family members to stay in touch with. Next time your jobs calls for you to make a business trip, give one of these 10 apps a try to make your life on the road a whole lot easier.

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