Hi, I have a question about using wireless networks at public cafes
A local cafe says they are wireless but with T-Mobile hot network. Does
that mean if I go there i wont be able to go wireless unless I pay for
the service? Im looking for a free wireless hotspot- please advise.. I
thought that as long as I have a wireless card it was free at these
cafes? (USA located)
> Hi, I have a question about using wireless networks at public cafes,
> A local cafe says they are wireless but with (T-Mobile HotSpot) network. Does
> that mean if I go there I won't be able to go wireless unless I pay for
> the service?
Yes, that's exactly what it means. Locations that tout Wayport or SBC
FreedomLink are "play-for-pay" as well. There may also be local
providers in your area that run fee-based hotspots.
How do you tell free from fee? Businesses that offer free Wi-Fi aren't
shy about advertising that fact, since the hotspot's raison d'etre is to
build traffic, and it can't do that if no one knows about it. So if the
location's promotional materials don't identify it as free, draw your
>I'm looking for a free wireless hotspot- please advise. I
> thought that as long as I have a wireless card it was free at these
> cafes(USA located).
Depending on where you're "USA located," it'll be free (or at least it
should be) at any of the locations listed here: