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Free Wi-Fi You Say ? !

I'm sure that in most cases free wi-fi is as much a myth as unicorns and the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow ! .

Whenever I've seen the sign for free wi-fi , particularly in restaurants it's always turned out to be the measliest signal strength and entails a lot of faffing around to try and connect , only for it to not load a single damn thing .

In Preston , North West England - my home town , you can't access the free internet at almost all the popular local eateries , ( The Sherwood Arms , The Ribble Pilot and The Pig And Whistle , to name a few ) , the only place I've ever had a decent signal has been Mcdonalds at Asda ! , and that's probably because the restaurant is the size of a postage stamp ! .

I suppose it's no biggy , for me to be parted from my beloved virtual world , but I bet it's a right pain in the butt for anyone trying to hold a business meeting .

Do you share my frustration when it comes to the false advertising of free working wi-fi ?

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melody23 wrote on January 22, 2015, 3:51 PM

I'm in Glasgow and we have free wi fi in the city centre now, although I have to admit I haven't used it. I use wi fi on the busses and trains mostly and the signal is great on the bus but lousy on the trains. some pubs and restaurants have decent wi fi and others dont but i don't really use them much since i am almost never out. if the wi fi speed annoys me i just flick my wi fi off on my phone and use my 4g instead which is a lot better than what you get on the train.

GayleStorm wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:11 PM

With my first smart phone, I got an unlimited data plan and it does it's job pretty well. Thankfully, I haven't had to deal with shoddy wi-fi signals.

WordChazer wrote on January 22, 2015, 6:27 PM

It's about time this country woke up and smelled the coffee in regards to wifi. In the US, free wifi is just that. Everywhere in the hotel we stayed in last time there was a wifi signal, plus oodles of plugs to charge devices. In the UK you have to pay for wifi in the hotel and it's only for a certain length of time. So why not just add a small charge to the cost of the room already?

isabbbela wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:14 PM

Where I live Wi-Fi is never good when it's free. If you can even connect, it end up having a really poor connection and you can barely open a webpage.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:40 PM

Sorry to hear that the free public WiFi in your area is so poor, but I know the places here in the states that offer free WiFi provide full strength connections to their patrons.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 22, 2015, 10:55 PM

I dont try to get online when I am out. I dont like those kinds of shared connections. It increases your chance of getting hacked

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 23, 2015, 3:51 AM

As I don´t have a laptop it wouldn´t affect me love. I have had guests complaining here that they can´t get wifi in all the rooms in the villa, i just think they are moaning gits and as it´s free and good speed what´s their problem emoticon :grin:

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:07 AM

Hollyhocks100 , I don't have a laptop either ! lol , I'm talking about connecting my mobile to the wi-fi . I don't top my phone up often so can't use the free internet i'd get that way , no point topping up when I use facebook messenger to send texts .

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:10 AM

melody23 , our local busses don't have wi-fi but I think the stagecoach busses might and same with trains . I tend to not top my mobile up often , as I only message my partner and others that have facebook messenger and I tend to message from my pc . I think Preston can pick up 3g but not sure about 4g in all areas.

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:12 AM

soonerdad3 that's how it should be , because modern life involves using the net , and therefore for that reason it should be a damn site cheaper as it's a necessaty , there's a big differance in internet costs from provider to provider .

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:14 AM

Gaylestorm , i'm a pay as you go girl , and I don't top up often anymore as I send messages from my pc via facebook messenger and I've got a landline . I have o2 pay as you go go go , when I do credit my phone though , there are some good deals out there emoticon :smile:

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:16 AM

Wordchazer exactly , I've just said the same to another commenter who's from the US , the nets a part of daily modern life , so it should be a damn site cheaper and be available everywhere .

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:18 AM

isabella , I rely on the internet massively , for a start it's how I keep in contact with my mum Hollyhocks100 , I also order my shopping and pay my bills , so without it my lifes upside down ! . It must drive you crackers not being able to access the net due to bad wi-fi .

singlep34 wrote on January 23, 2015, 7:19 AM

wolfgirl569 that's a very valid concern , I usually only try to access my facebook and skype whilst i'm out , everything else I do at home where it's secure

nbaquero wrote on January 23, 2015, 1:40 PM

singlep34 I don't really use free WiFi, except at certain airports or coffee houses, but most of the time I do very light internet browsing on the go on my phone, and if I really need Internet I just do it from home.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 5:03 AM

I've seen the signs, but never been in anywhere that advertises free wifi, so not sure how it works. I have no idea how hard it'd be to go in and get connected, if it'd be cumbersome, awkward, would require you to be fiddling around with passwords or something - so, to date, I've never tried any, anywhere.

arthurchappell wrote on February 24, 2015, 8:31 AM

I find the signals vary - some places have strong reception while in others you might as well not bother logging on

Jacobb9205 wrote on June 2, 2015, 9:02 PM

I never have this problem as I always use 3g ;) you just need a decent package, I usually get 3gb a month and that's perfect.