5 Ways to Save on Mobile Data Charges While Traveling

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It’s hard to imagine traveling these days without using our smartphones. Navigating a new city, looking up places to eat, Instagramming trip highlights; our mobile devices are opening up a world of possibilities that make travel cheaper, easier and more fun—all from the palm of our hands.

Yet, sometimes this reliance on our phones while on the road turns into an unexpected travel cost itself, if we’re not careful. We’ve all come back from a holiday to an absurd 3G bill because we weren’t disciplined or even aware of the cellular data we were using.

Cutting back on mobile data usage is surprisingly easy, though, if you know a few key tricks. Next time you’re traveling, try these 5 tips to save on data charges and enjoy the savings to come!

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Top 5 New Ways to Connect to Free WiFi On-the-Go in India

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Over the past few months, India has seen an influx of free WiFi hotspots pop up in hopes of improving WiFi accessibility for the country’s increasingly plugged-in population. In light of these recent developments, here is our list of the Top 5 ways to connect to free WiFi while on-the-go in India.

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Top 10 Travel Apps to Use in India

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Whether you’re headed to a new city on business or are coming to the country for the first time, traveling in India can be overwhelming. There are dozens of travel apps out there to help you find deals, book tickets and discover attractions while exploring new places in the subcontinent, but it’s hard to separate the useful from the mediocre.  

To save yourself some time, check out our top 10 travel apps to use in India and spend more time actually enjoying your trip instead of planning it.

 

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Helpchat – Personal concierge apps like HelpChat make you life easier wherever you are, but are especially useful when you’re visiting a new city. Use this app to do anything from booking cabs and finding transportation deals to recharging data and ordering food—all in one place.

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Introducing WiFire 2.0

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We’re excited to announce version 2.0 of WiFire, which features a new and improved design that makes it even easier to connect to free WiFi around you. 

Upon opening the app, you will now see everything you need in one simple dashboard. The number of shared WiFi networks nearby (within a 3 km radius) is listed on top of a map preview, which you can tap to see an interactive map of shared WiFi hotspots in your neighbourhood.

Below that, you can see the current WiFi network you are connected to, if any. If this is a public network that is not yet in our database, you can share its password with the WiFire community and earn a WiFi Saviour badge for your help! If it is a private network, you can now save it as your home or work network, and it will not be shared with anyone.

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10 Ways to Connect to Free WiFi wherever you go in India

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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

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Connecting to public WiFi typically vs. with WiFire

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Connecting to public WiFi hotspots can be a hassle. You need to open up the network’s web form, enter your phone number, wait for the one-time-password (OTP), and then enter that OTP in order to get online. Along the way, you may encounter sluggish page loads, accidental typos and more.

With WiFire, we take care of the process so you don’t have to. Check out our video below:

Save time connecting to free WiFi hotspots with the WiFire app… so that you have more time for what actually matters.

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.

Top 10 Cafes in Mumbai with Free WiFi

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As a cosmopolitan metro with plenty of freelancers and creative professionals, Mumbai has no shortage of free WiFi. Though WiFire allows you to connect to several hotspots around the city, finding a place that has tasty food, nice ambience and a reliable connection is sometimes tougher than you might think.

So, next time you’re looking for a place to connect while in the entertainment capital of India, check out these 10 great spots:

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Top 10 Cafes in Bangalore with Free WiFi

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Whether you are looking to work remotely or meet up with a friend, finding cool cafes in Bangalore with free WiFi can be tough. Using WiFire you’ll be able to connect at all Starbucks locations around the city, but there are also many hidden gems worth checking out.

From upscale bistros to student-friendly hangouts, here is our list of the top 10 cafes in Bangalore with free WiFi:

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Introducing the WiFi Saviour Contest

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To celebrate the launch of WiFire, we’re excited to announce the WiFi Saviour Contest.

Become a WiFi Saviour by adding 3 free verified networks in your city, and win a WiFire ‘My city’ goodie bag for your awesomeness. Each goodie bag comes with a coffee mug, a t-shirt, magnets and more!

To win a WiFire ‘My city’ goodie bag:

  • Tweet this blog post using the social share to the left
  • Download the WiFire app and add 3 free verified WiFi locations in your city (Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai or Hyderabad)
  • The first 25 WiFi Saviours in each city will win a ‘My city’ goodie bag

Be the saviour that your city deserves. Help others to stay connected in your city with WiFire!

*WiFire team will check each WiFi location added to ensure data accuracy.

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.

Why Doesn’t Free WiFi Just Work?

You know you’ve been there before. You see WiFi networks on your settings screen, but using one never seems to be as straightforward as it ought to, does it? So many questions. Which network should I use? What’s the password and where can I get it from? Why is there a web page to fill out? And what’s this thing called OTP?

We hear you, fellow Internet seeker. WiFi usability is broken and it needs fixing. Which is why we’ve created WiFire.

WiFire makes it possible to stay seamlessly connected to WiFi networks wherever you go. No need to type in passwords or fumble around trying to find a good network on your settings screen!

WiFire pops up helpful notifications whenever it can connect you to a free WiFi hotspot. It even logs you in by filling out those cumbersome web forms and plugging in One-Time Passwords (OTPs) automatically!

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Who is WiFire for?

• Frequent flyers! Get connected to free airport WiFi in all major cities in India as soon as you walk in.
• College Students! Get access to free WiFi at bars, lounges, restaurants, cafes, and anywhere else you hang out with your friends.
• Families! Securely unlock WiFi access for your family members’ devices without having to reveal or type in passwords.
• NRIs! Visiting India this winter? Get connected to WiFi everywhere and spare yourself the trouble of getting yourself a data plan as you hop from one city to another.

 

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.