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Topic # 12388 15-Mar-2007 09:30
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Hi there,

My boss is taking his Apache over to the States with him on his next trip. Telecom doesn't have data roaming over there yet, so I thought maybe he could use Wifi? Are there free hotspots over there? This is all new ground for me. Any info/links you can give me would be greatly appreciated. We currently use his T3G to direct push his email from exchange to his Apache.

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Sandy

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  Reply # 63792 15-Mar-2007 10:34
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Thereare plenty of wifi acess points around the U.S., mainly at coffee shops, fast food outlets, bookstores, airports, and hotels.

Most are not free, but they are cheap - much cheaper than cellular data roaming. Some as cheap as $1.50 per hour...







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  Reply # 63793 15-Mar-2007 10:43
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Thanks Mauricio, so any ideas what is the best way to pay for WiFi in the US? Someone mentioned a prepaid card???

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  Reply # 63825 15-Mar-2007 15:52
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SandyNZ,

  On my last trip to the US (June 2005) I found that literally all motels and hotels provided FREE wifi within their accommodation confines.  Where they didn't have wireless they had FREE ports in the rooms for cabled internet access.

As Mauricio says, cyber cafes are dirt cheap, and many coffee shops/cafes include free wifi.

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  Reply # 64942 25-Mar-2007 15:31
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There a plenty of wifi options in the US. Many of them are free, otherwise you can sign up on the spot via a web broswer when you connect (i.e. at most Starbucks, some McDonalds, etc). You just need credit card details in most cases.

One is issue is that the wifi capability in many Pocket PCs is a somewhat sub-standard when compared to a laptop. So you generally need to be closers to the Wifi Access Point ... such as in a Starbucks store.




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