Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published February 24th 2015
The other week, my internet was down and as I had a number of work deadlines looming, I quickly set about trying to find out where I could find some free WiFi so that I could still log on and get some tasks done. I soon discovered that there are a great number of places where you can log on, and best of all, the coverage was really not too shabby. Have you a great free WiFi hotspot near you? Where have you found really reliable free WIFI? Here's my pick of the bunch:
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Perth is the first city within Australia to offer free blanket coverage WiFi across it's CBD areas. To access, simply log into the 'Perth WiFi' network and you can roam to your heart's desire. To find out about where this coverage extends to, here's a map.
Many local libraries now offer free WiFi, with most also providing free computer use for its library members. At my local library I was able to log on for a 2 hour time period, but if I wanted to keep going after this time allocation, I could simply go through the logging in process again. If you're seeking a computer terminal, as a guide, try booking ahead; these did seem particularly busy. If you're in the Perth City Library, here are the details for logging in.
McDonald's are rolling out free WiFi to 710 of its restaurants within Australia, which when completed will make McDonald's the largest provider of free internet down under. To find out if your local McDonald's restaurant is covered, check here. It's very simple to log on to the free internet in McDonald's, just open up your browser, accept the terms and conditions and then you're good to go.
Lots of the chain coffee shops have cottoned on to the fact that many people like to browse the net whilst they're enjoying a cup of the hot stuff, and to this end, are now providing free WiFi to their patrons. Often you need to request a code, and from experience, coverage can be a bit hit and miss, but if you're in need of some free internet, it can serve a purpose. Coffee shops that often offer free WiFi include San Churro, Dome and Caffissmo.
Where else do you go to get your freebie WiFi? Add your comments below.