Skype's Giving Manhattan Free Wi-Fi For New Year's

If you live in NYC, or are headed there for the massive clusternut of cold and pain that is the Times Square ball drop, you can officially leave your data plan behind. Skype's flooding the island with free, fast Wi-Fi from noon tomorrow until noon on January 1. » 12/30/11 2:11pm 12/30/11 2:11pm

One Thing That's Better To Receive Than To Give

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers and their unprotected Wi-Fi networks. But that doesn't mean for a second that I'm going to share mine with you. What a strange social contract we've formed! » 1/14/11 8:00am 1/14/11 8:00am

Amtrak Finally Getting Free Wi-Fi, But Only on Acela

Take heart, business travelers of America! Soon you'll be able to add "slow and spotty internet connection" to your list of gripes with Amtrak's high(er) speed Acela line. While I'm sure Hulu will help numb the pain of rail commuting, be warned that it may only be free for a limited time. Also, be annoyed that JetBlue… » 1/12/10 10:43am 1/12/10 10:43am

MPAA Shuts Down Entire Town's Wi-Fi Over Single Illegal Download

The citizens of Coshocton, Ohio are without their free Internet after a single download prompted the Motion Picture Association of America to shut down the town's municipal Wi-Fi network. » 11/13/09 1:00am 11/13/09 1:00am

Meraki's Solar Powered Wi-Fi Repeater Finally Shipping in December

We first wrote about Meraki » 11/19/08 8:08pm 11/19/08 8:08pm and their solar-powered Wi-Fi repeater back in mid '07, but they're finally getting ready to ship these next month. According to , it's going to be $749 if you have your own solar panel, which then balloons up to $1499 for "larger units". The main idea that Meraki is going after is "getting…

Do You Want Wi-Fi with That? Zune Users Get Free Net Access at…

Zune owners are getting free Wi-Fi access at McDonalds, as well as the 3.0 » 9/16/08 8:10am 9/16/08 8:10am software today. It's using the Wayport Wi-Fi system at about 10,000 stores, and as a Wayport spokesman puts it, it lets them "attract new customers whose digital lifestyle extends beyond their home and office." Yep, out of the home and…

AT&T's Free Wi-Fi Hotspots for iPhones Now Online for Real

It's been a saga of the on again, off again, on again, off again type, but it looks like AT&T's free Wi-Fi hotspot access is live at last. 17,000 sites across the US are available to iPhone users, including the fabled Starbucks sites. According to AT&T's website, which also offers a hotspot locator tool, AT&T knows "Wi-Fi… » 7/18/08 4:02am 7/18/08 4:02am

FCC Planning New Spectrum Auction With Free Broadband for All

It looks like the FCC is taking up Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's dopey scheme to deliver internet to the masses with another spectrum auction that would require the winner to offer free broadband to half of the US within four years, and 95 percent sometime after that. A nearly impossible task, on top of being silly in the … » 5/24/08 4:30pm 5/24/08 4:30pm

AT&T Says Free Wi-Fi for iPhones Will Come... Someday

All AT&T's flip-flopping between offering free wireless at Starbucks and then taking it away—turns out it was some peon screwing up after all. An spokesperson for the company told the New York Times that the confusion was due to a "human error." But the day when iPhone users can definitively access the internet while… » 5/10/08 9:45am 5/10/08 9:45am

AT&T/Starbucks Free Wi-Fi Disabled... For Now

AT&T's free Starbucks Wi-Fi for iPhone usersdeal didn't last very long. Users on the MacRumors forum say that locations where Wi-Fi worked just days ago now have the free iPhone access removed. Considering AT&T never made an official mention of the service, it's possible somebody at the Death Star jumped the gun and the… » 5/03/08 5:00pm 5/03/08 5:00pm

AT&T Giving Free Starbucks Wi-Fi to iPhone Users?

Some Macrumors readers are reporting that AT&T's Starbucks and Barnes and Noble Wi-Fi hotspots are coughing up free internet access for iPhone users. When you hit up the wireless at these locations, you get directed to a special iPhone-formatted page that asks for your phone number. Once you punch that in, you're free… » 4/30/08 8:01pm 4/30/08 8:01pm

Meraki Networks Revives Free Citywide Wi-Fi in San Francisco

Meraki Networks is expanding its SF network of 500 Wi-Fi repeaters—which covered two sq. miles and 40,000 people—to between 10 and 15 thousand to eventually cover the whole city. TC has details on why it might work this time around when it didn't for Google/Earthlink. [TechCrunch] » 1/03/08 11:59am 1/03/08 11:59am

Meraki's Solar-powered Repeater Lets You Create Your Own Neighborhood…

Wanna bring Wi-Fi to your entire neighborhood? Meraki's $99 outdoor repeater lets you share your Internet access up to 700 feet (when paired with Meraki's $49 Mini router). The repeater can be installed on a wall outside your window or on a pole and because it's solar-powered, it doesn't need to be connected to an… » 6/04/07 6:35pm 6/04/07 6:35pm