There’s good news for Mumbaikars looking to stay connected on their morning commute! The ambitious collaboration between Google and RailTel will soon be expanding its free WiFi from the inaugural location at Mumbai Central to several other key stations around the metro area.
Stations including CST, Bandra terminus, Thane, Vashi, Dadar, Kalyan, Kurla, Borivali, Churchgate and Panvel will be rolling out complimentary high-speed WiFi shortly, reports say. Users will be able to enjoy free WiFi for up to an hour, after which they will be charged to keep using the service.
This week, we’re excited to announce that WiFire now supports automatic login for RailWire WiFi networks at several railway stations across India. If you have the WiFire app installed on your phone, you can save time and energy connecting to these networks by letting WiFire automatically fill out the sign in form for you.
These free RailWire networks are made possible by an ambitious collaboration between Google and the RailTel Corporation that seeks to connect millions of Indians traveling by rail to free, high-speed WiFi for the first time.
The project will eventually use the extensive RailWire broadband infrastructure to offer free networks at 400 railway stations across India. When it is completed, it will be one of the largest public WiFi projects in the world.
In January, Mumbai Central Station became the first station to offer RailWire WiFi to travelers, and over 100 stations are expected to offer the service by the end of 2016 (see below).
At each new station that is added, you will be able to easily connect through WiFire instead of going through the time-consuming login process.
Additionally, WiFire now supports automatic login at all WiLoop & i2E1 hotspots across the country, adding to the Tata Docomo and Ozone hotspots already in our database.
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.
Ever been in a situation when you badly needed to check your mail, access Google maps, or browse something interesting online, but poor mobile data connectivity wouldn’t just let you do that? Well, we have all been through this experience at some point. But what if we always had a second option for internet connectivity? What if we didn’t have to rely on mobile data only to access the internet at all times? Better still, what if this option was for free?
If Google’s announcement of providing free and high-speed WiFi access to railway commuters at over 400 stations in India is any sign, then this dream isn’t far from reality! And while Google aims to provide broadband quality experience to users, while also ensuring wide coverage and high capacity, many other companies are setting up WiFi zones to help people stay connected, by overcoming the limitations of mobile phone bandwidth.
A rapidly growing market like India, with a growing number of people with advanced smartphones and everyone wanting to stay connected is facilitating wide adoption of public WiFi services and hotspots. It comes as no surprise then that the government plans to offer free WiFi in 2,500 cities and towns across the country.
Did you know that Malpe beach in Udupi, Karnataka is the first beach in India to offer free WiFi connectivity? Quite a few buses, bus stops, train and metro stations too provide the facility now. Unfortunately, not many know about these developments and therefore, are unable to avail these services. In this blog, we will look at 5 common locations where you can find free WiFi in India. Let’s get started: