Do People Go Out To Wi-Fi Hostspots?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by SamIchi, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    I just got a MacBook so I was wondering if people intentionally go out to like Starbucks or something? Starbucks place I can think of, they have Wifi there right? Anyways, yea I just wanted to see if anyone does, and if so, where do you go?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    There are a number of places around me with free WiFi, and I frequent them, grabbing a bite and doing some work. Sometimes, co-workers and I will go to one to work. That's not to say I don't go to Starbucks once or more every day... I just don't stay there.
     
  3. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    A lot of bookstores do have WiFi.

    But does does my house. :p
     
  4. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Starbucks uses T-Mobile and they charge $6 a day or $40-50 a month depending on the plan. There are a couple of free hotspots around here that I go to occasionally, mostly in the winter when I want to get out of the house for a bit.
     
  5. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Use something like this to find free WiFi near you. Don't use Starbucks, Borders, etc. They all charge a fee. There are plenty of free places out there.

    There is also good JiWire widget, if you don't want to use the website.
     
  6. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Very rarely.

    I'm wireless in my house and love the freedom. But I usually bring books to the hotspots around me instead of my PB. I'm only half as pretentious as I sound because I only understand half of what I read.

    I do have an increasing tendency to wish to be more connected, though. Like, I went to the soul-sucking mall today to buy candles and they seemed overpriced, and I really wanted to compare the prices to prices I had seen online. But the urge to make the comparison in that moment -- that it seemed indispensable to be able to make the comparison and the purchase in the instant -- god.

    Screw this on-demand world I've been sucked into.
     
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  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Now, you'll have a bunch of Mac users at your house, drinking coffee and reading your books and magazines for free.

    On my driving trips across the country, I've paid to use Barnes & Noble's wireless connection a couple of times and found an Apple store a few more times. Then again, Barnes & Noble has a Starbucks inside all of its stores, right?
     
  9. MattG macrumors 68040

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    Not too many free places around here, otherwise I might. The only place I know of is this restaurant around here called Calistoga, it's sort of like a Panera Bread. They offer free wireless. Everyone else charges.

    I wish someone would make a modem driver for my Blackberry 7250, that way I could use it as a modem and get online like that and not have to worry about finding hotspots.
     

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