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New social website for airport WiFi

AtLargeGoing back to the subject of free WiFi in the airports, CNet has just launched a brand new website for sharing your Internet connectivity related experience during air travel — AtLarge.

atlarge.com is an online service that helps business travellers connect to the internet as well as find places to recharge their personal devices while travelling through the world’s commercial airports.

The database is not very populated at the moment. I could only find one review for JFK New York airport and none for Chicago O’Hare (so if you are looking for immediate answers then I suggest checking out these other established online resources). However if you like trying out new things — give AtLarge a shot.

AtLarge

I think the website has a potential. It is very simple and easy to use. You can share your comments and rank the airport in several categories: WiFi, Cellular, Fixed Line, Powerpoints, Comfort, and Cost. Besides AtLarge integrates Google Maps which makes it a little bit more visual.

AtLarge (via Mashable)

Does your airport offer free WiFi?

Free WiFi access in public places may sound like a given these days however up until recently the notion was under a legal threat from (who would think) Boston-Logan airport or to be exact the Massachusetts Port Authority. Thanks to FCC the Port Authority attempt to control WiFi Internet access at the airport territory was overruled clearing the way for other airlines to start offering Internet access at their lounge areas.

Not all airports are that greedy. If you travel around the US there is a good chance you will be able to plug in your laptop in the wireless network for free. Here is a list of on-line resources that will help you find out if your airport offers free WiFi access.

  • WiFiFreeSpot covers airports around the US and some popular international destinations
  • SmallBusiness maintains an editable wiki page of US airports offering free WiFi access
  • TravelPost currently lists 218 US airports and shows which ones have WiFi hotspots, what provider offers the service and for how much
  • JiWire is the most comprehensive WiFi hotspot directory I could find. Use it to find any public WiFi hotspot — not just in airport. You can map the hotspot location and see the provider and pricing details.

Keep your laptop battery fully charged and have a safe trip! :-)




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