Where To Find WiFi Hotspots in Dublin (But They Aren't Always Free)
For power internet users like us, a week in Dublin can cause some serious withdrawal and cost some serious dough. Eircom, the largest telecommunications operator in Ireland, offers over 1,000 WiFi hotspots in Ireland including most McDonald’s and most of Dublin’s public phone booths. The catch is that you have to pay in advance to access them.
At some hubs you will be prompted to make a payment when you open a browser, like in the Dublin Airport which costs around €3 for 30 minutes, others won't let you in at all without being a subscriber.
But when you take into consideration how much most hotels charge for in room WiFi, (we paid €20 a day at the Hilton Dublin Hotel for a connection equal to dial up in 1999) its a bargain.
Eircom has a monthly subscription plan to their WiFi network for €30.25 which gives you a password to access all of their wireless hotspots.
If you want to use the Eircom service for free, Insomnia, the Starbucks of Ireland, offers customers a free 20 minute Eircom broadband card to use while in their cafes but you have to ask for it. They don’t advertise the service so most visitors to Dublin never know about. The locals who have used the card complain about the speeds but slow internet access for free is better than no internet access at all.
· Hotel Chatter's Annual WiFi Report 2009 [Hotel Chatter]
· Travel WiFi [Jaunted]