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.
Delhi metro stations to offer unlimited free WiFi
Through a partnership between Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRCL), and network providers including Techno Sat Comm and PING Network, all 187 stations of the Delhi metro will soon have free unlimited WiFi for travelers. The project is expected to be rolled out in the second half of 2016 and will eventually be extended to all stations in the greater NCR region.
E-commerce giant Paytm recently announced its plan to offer ‘Paytm Wi-Fi’ to customers and businesses in key public places. Rather than struggling with connectivity issues or burning through 3G data while trying to connect to PayTm on-the-go, users can use the free WiFi service for 15 minutes to access their account on the app instead, reports say. The pilot program has already launched at the Noida Sector 18 metro station and has plans to expand elsewhere in the country after significant testing.
Ola WiFi lets riders auto-connect
Users of popular on-demand transportation app Ola can now enjoy complimentary in-car WiFi during their rides. After a one-time authentication on their phones, users can automatically connect to these Ola WiFi on their devices without needing to enter login details on subsequent rides. The service is already live in the Ola Prime category of cars, and the company has plans to roll it out across all categories including Micro, Mini and even autorickshaws.
Google RailWire adds 9 more networks
After debuting the first free network at Mumbai Central Station in January, Google and RailTel have recently set up free RailWire WiFi in nine more stations across India. Now, people traveling through Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Ernakulam Jn, Kacheguda, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam train stations can enjoy free high-speed WiFi to stay connected on their daily commute.
Free WiFi for throwing away trash
Mobile engagement startup ThinkStream recently created an ingenious solution to a common problem: a smart trash bin that rewards people with free WiFi for throwing away trash. When you throw something in the bin, the screen displays a unique code to unlock 15 minutes of free WiFi. Though they’ve only done small tests at colleges and events so far, ThinkStream’s co-founders hope to eventually deploy these smart bins all across India—from urban movie theaters and public places to smaller towns and rural communities.