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Topic # 17713 8-Dec-2007 09:54
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As you can see from my last post, I'm in desparate need for some Internet connectivity. Can anyone recommend any WiFi hotspots anywhere in Auckland, where I can get either free or reasonably priced access? Better than these crappy $10 per hour I have to pay right now at a Starbucks?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you very much...

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  Reply # 98861 8-Dec-2007 10:00
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If you have (or a friend/family) has a fixed line broadband connection or mobile broadband connection with Telecom, you can use those Telecom hotspots free of charge.

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Reply # 98862 8-Dec-2007 10:02
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cokemaster: If you have (or a friend/family) has a fixed line broadband connection or mobile broadband connection with Telecom, you can use those Telecom hotspots free of charge.

Yes, I read that. Sadly, I don't know anyone and I'm not a Telecom customer myself...


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  Reply # 98870 8-Dec-2007 10:15
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You could try cafenet

Prices are $10 for 24 hours access (24 hours from the first time you access it) or you could do $20 for 70mb and use it anytime until its all gone.

Has sites in these locations

  • Downstairs Food Court, 125 Queen Street,
  • Robert Harris Cafe, Level 2, 125 Queen Street
  • Level 4 of Brookfields House, 19 Victoria Street,
  • Sierra Cafe Newmarket, 123 Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket,
  • Caffe Massimo Takapuna, 1/3 The Strand, Takapuna
  • Takapuna Library, The Strand, Takapuna
  • FAI House, Corner of Victoria Street and Queen Street (Ground floor)
  • De La Creme Cafe, 7-9 Fanshawe Street (old Microsoft House)
  • Caffe Greco, 48 Wyndham Street (opposite St Patrick's Cathedral)
  • Bistro Arena, Vector Arena, 42 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell

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  Reply # 98952 8-Dec-2007 20:58
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You can use Zenbu sites for 10c a megabyte.   See the locations here:   Type in the town or city in which you are interested.   There are several around Auckland.   That's cheap if you are just wanting browsing, email etc and not wanting to download bulk data.  

You can go to Esquires [cafes] and they'll give you [I think] an hour or 60 megabytes [whichever comes first] via Tomizone with a purchase.    That's cheap if you want bulk data.  
Then there are the Kordia/RoamAD metropolitian zones on Ponsonby Road, Parnell Road, Remuera,  and at the bottom of St Georges Bay Road.    Orcon is giving free Wi-Fi for a while over the Kordia zones.    There are a few companies offering service on the Kordia system but Orcon is free [for now - until the end of 2007 I believe].    

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  Reply # 98954 8-Dec-2007 21:01
Send private message   Kordia Wi-Fi coverage there

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  Reply # 101399 22-Dec-2007 14:53
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Hey there,

If you tell me whereabouts in Auckland I may know a few other places...but a good one is Columbus coffee.
They provide FREE wifi net access in pretty much all of their stores.  Most little cafes don't have it, but there are a couple that do.

There is also the library that offers a cheap rate.

If you are feeling particularly ambitious, there are heaps of hot spots in town if you have no moral issues w jumping in on any of their networks by either using default admin passwords, or trying to sneak in other ways.

Hope it helps.


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  Reply # 101405 22-Dec-2007 15:36
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Nice tip about Columbus, I go to Columbus relatively frequently, I can't believe that I haven't scanned for WLANs there before - I usually do it everywhere (especially at cafes).

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