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Old Jul 12, 2007, 08:08 PM   #1
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MacOSXHints publishes a tip about using iPhone's Google Maps to find Wifi spots in your area.
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So, let's say that I'm in a neighborhood that I'm not familiar with. I ask somebody nearby what the local zip code is (let's say, 92116), and then I go to the Maps widget on my iPhone. I type in wifi 92116 and then hit Search. Up will pop up a whole array of (usually) free wireless networks -- coffee shops, libraries, book stores.
We previously posted a link to Jiwire which provides a similar service, and allows filtering by "Free" Wifi hotpots. Google's method appears to show both free and paid hotspots.

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Old Jul 12, 2007, 08:17 PM   #2
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Very cool - and guess what zip code I live in? 92116 - how is that coincidence. Now I have to figure out who my neighbor is that has an iPhone too! (the zip code is a small area of San Diego) It should be noted that it actually brings up WiFI hot spots outside of the Zip searched too - it just brings up 10 total.

Also you can make bookmarks in Google of frequent wifi searches

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Old Jul 12, 2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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This doesnt really pertain directly to this, but it pertaints to google maps, but is there a way to get rid of the ong name that hides parts of the map i wish to see?

Figured it out. Sorry, that was an easy one.
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You can also type

Wifi City, ST
(where ST is the state abbreviation)

Don't need to have the zipcode
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Old Jul 12, 2007, 08:28 PM   #5
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You can also type

Wifi City, ST
(where ST is the state abbreviation)

Don't need to have the zipcode
You can also do other searches with the zip code...


for example

'92116 Sex' for some reason brings up the Catholic Girls School down the street from me LOL - must be an error LOL.
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You can also do other searches with the zip code...


for example

'92116 Sex' for some reason brings up the Catholic Girls School down the street from me LOL - must be an error LOL.
Must pertain to the fact that its all of the same sex? hahah
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Must pertain to the fact that its all of the same sex? hahah

yeah Im thinking that LOL. Although my dirty mind tried a couple other searches via zip code and it seems some of them make no sense at all... LOL
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hahahaha not sure i wanna know more...
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You can also do other searches with the zip code...


for example

'92116 Sex' for some reason brings up the Catholic Girls School down the street from me LOL - must be an error LOL.
I think you should go investigate.
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Old Jul 12, 2007, 09:20 PM   #10
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surprisingly jwire found many more wifi spots than google
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Old Jul 12, 2007, 10:23 PM   #11
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You can also type

Wifi City, ST
(where ST is the state abbreviation)

Don't need to have the zipcode

Just remember, Google Maps only gives you TEN spots - no more, so only inputing the city and state limits which spots are revealed (I guess Google decides which ten spots to reveal). So, the more detailed info you give (i.e. zipcode as opposed to only the city and state) the more specific your end results will be. Either way, it's a pretty cool.
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Just remember, Google Maps only gives you TEN spots - no more, so only inputing the city and state limits which spots are revealed (I guess Google decides which ten spots to reveal). So, the more detailed info you give (i.e. zipcode as opposed to only the city and state) the more specific your end results will be. Either way, it's a pretty cool.
Uh... zipcode in a LOT of areas applies to the whole city anyway. Whether I do my city and state, or it's zip code, I get identical results.

Best thing to do is put in an exact address, or zoom in on your location and then do a search for WiFi (or "sex" if you like, LOL).
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hotspotr.com uses the Google Maps API. Kinda similar, but doens't use the Maps app. Now if it could, that'd be sweet
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In Google Earth you can also search by "zip code free.wifi".
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Uh... zipcode in a LOT of areas applies to the whole city anyway. Whether I do my city and state, or it's zip code, I get identical results.

Best thing to do is put in an exact address, or zoom in on your location and then do a search for WiFi (or "sex" if you like, LOL).
Good point. I guess the smaller the city or town, the higher the likelyhood that that will happen. Putting in wifi, coffee, city brings only coffee shops with wifi in my area. Another good way to narrow it down.
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I see an iPhone 2.0 app. Sort of GPS+GoogleMaps+Wifi Finder+Directions. This is where your phone tells you which way to walk (No driving while doing this pls.) to maintain your WiFi signal.

App lasts until 2.0 goes 3G.

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I see an iPhone 2.0 app. Sort of GPS+GoogleMaps+Wifi Finder+Directions. This is where your phone tells you which way to walk (No driving while doing this pls.) to maintain your WiFi signal.

App lasts until 2.0 goes 3G.

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I can see it as an iPhone 2.0 game. Sort of a modern day version of "Hot & Cold"
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