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If you ever want to see "great elation" turn to "grand depression" in the time it takes to open a web browser, just watch someone's face after they connect to airport WiFi and discover that it moves at the speed of sands through an hourglass. You know those nature videos of a happy gazelle moseying mid-bliss on the Serengeti, only to be suddenly ambushed and torn to pieces by a pack of cheetahs? SLOW INTERNET FEELS LIKE THAT. LIFE IS CRUEL.
Luckily for travelers who want to plan their pitstops for on-the-road emailing in advance, a new Lithuania-based startup called Rotten WiFi has emerged to crowdsource info on WiFi and 3G connections around the world. Its app let users rate the quality of Internet connections, so you can find the best connection near you. And in the process, Rotten WiFi turned up some fresh (see what we did there??) info on the quality of WiFi at various international airports. After "testing and evaluating 130 airports in 53 countries worldwide," Rotten WiFi compiled a list of those with the 10 fastest connections. Check out it out below, and congrats to those of you flying through Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Tennessee's Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, and Ireland's Dublin Airport, which took the gold, silver and bronze spots.
Where have you found especially great (or extremely awful) airport WiFi? Let us know in the comments below! Assuming, that is, you can get the page to load.
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Qantas is rolling out a new technology initiative for all of its passengers. It's like music to our ears and comes in the form of free WiFi. This may not sound like news as we have told you before that the airline has been trialing in-flight WiFi, but this time the web-surfing can be done on the ground.
The Red Roo is outfitting its major airports with complimentary wifi for passengers just passing through the terminals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. The general airport access is in addition to the lightning fast wireless internet that frequent flyers love in each of its lounges.
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Huzzah—that’s what would be saying if Google was truly getting into the WiFi business, but for now we’ll just settle with the fact that they’re teaming up with Boingo. They’re partnering up to offer up around 4,000 WiFi hotspots for free, and thankfully that includes plenty of locations that do their thing at the airport.
Technically Google Play—the go to spot to buy Android apps—is sponsoring this latest giveaway, so unfortunately you’re out of luck if you’re looking to connect with your iPhone.
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It seems like the smaller regional airports love providing their travelers with free WiFi, but unfortunately we find that the larger cities and hubs just aren’t down with the complimentary internet access. Recently we heard that access at Chicago’s airports was getting a little more affordable—although not free—and now it looks like the cheap connectivity is spreading to a couple more airports.
Obviously the airport in Los Angeles handles plenty of planes and people, and thankfully they’re now adding free WiFi to their list of offerings. Unfortunately there’s kind of a catch, so it’s not as simple as just logging on and streaming Netflix and Hulu for hours and hours. The new WiFi will be yours to enjoy for about 45 minutes.
Did you know that Düsseldorf International Airport is Germany's third largest airport, after Frankfurt and Munich? It even beats Berlin (for now)! Did you maybe also know that the New York area has a direct flight to Düsseldorf, from Newark-Liberty, on Lufthansa? Well, they do and we just hopped off of it less less than 12 hours ago.
This isn't our first time through DUS, but it is the first time we've bothered at all to log into the airport's WiFi, run by Vodafone. Warning: it isn't free. Warning part deux: it's the opposite of freeit's pretty expensive!
Yes, this is Europe and there's extra little charges to be found on everything, but Düsseldorf fancies itself a forward-thinking airport and its key traveling demographic is the on-the-go businessmen who need to be connected whenever/wherever possible. Perhaps this is why Vodafone believe it can squeeze 5.95 EUR ($7.50) out of travelers for just 30 minutes of WiFi use.
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With in-flight WiFi gaining popularity, the importance of WiFi in the terminal isn’t exactly quite the necessity it once was. Nonetheless, that hardly means that we’re going to pass up some free terminal-wide WiFi, especially in a pretty big airport. Thankfully, Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport is the latest airport to flip the WiFi switch from costly to complimentary, and it's going to be accessible to travelers throughout the terminals, concourses, and even the parking garages. We’re just kind of curious if you can pick up a signal up in the airport’s Skylink train.
Airport officials at DFW are teaming up with everyone’s favorite mobile technology carrier—kidding—AT&T to offer up the free WiFi to the masses. It sounds like the behind-the-scenes work is already underway, and that things should be good to go as soon as September. Unfortunately there’s a bit of a catch—of course there is—as you’ll need to watch a 30-second commercial before signing into the service for the first time.
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There are some good things about Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. It's has some very pretty diplays, for instance, and there are rotating exhibits showcasing Italy's history that are kind of interesting.
But there are also some unpleasant things about FCO. It's the international HQ of Alitalia for instance, and the service is predictably chaotic. It is not unheard of to see the entire Alitalia customer service desk staffed by a single person during the height of morning rush hour. That's not a problem though, because when Italians complain about customer service they do so quickly and efficiently, without any extravagant hand waving or embellishment (no, not really). Also the security sucks. Also it's a pain to get to. Also it's one of the world's worst airports for spending the night. And we thought Budapest was bad.
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If you're on the All-You-Can-Jet JetBlue pass like several of the Jaunted staff (disclosure: who totally all paid in full for their own), you'll undoubtedly end up making a connection through JFK this season. Even if you're not on a pass, but will probably find yourself moving through New York, it behooves you to know about this row of plugs and computers, in the back of the terminal between gates 23 and 24. Thanks to new airline regulations, after all, you might find yourself spending quite a bit of time here if you spend any time at all.
Rows like this one, which are bathed in JetBlue's free and fast WiFi, are actually found in several places throughout JetBlue's T5 terminal. There are two just on this side of the structure, along the row of gates here. This one is placed far enough back, though, that it almost always has empty seats. Plus if you squint your eyes toward the back, and focus on that small Samsung charging station, you can just make out the bar that's directly behind it. By virtue of also being in the back of the terminal, is also often deserted. Useful!
So don't be afraid of moving through the whole terminal before posting up and plugging in. It's not like the pace of flights leaving JFK is exactly overwhelming, so you should have plenty of time to make it back to your gate from just about anywhere in T5.
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If you haven't checked out our comprehensive and ever-updating Airport WiFi Map, you totally should! Thanks to tips from readers and our own traveling, we're adding new airports with internet weekly, and today we've happily got 8 new additions for it! We have over one hundred total already, all around the world.
Check out the list of our 8 newest airports with free WiFi, after the jump!
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With summer travel plans fully in swing and perhaps many taking advantage of low season deals in Caribbean, we're again looking at those airports leading the way by offering Free WiFi.
If you haven't checked out our comprehensive and ever-updating Airport WiFi Map, you totally should! Thanks to tips from readers and our own traveling, we're constantly adding new airports with internet, and today we've happily got 10 Caribbean additions for it! We should have over one hundred total already, all around the world.
Check out what Caribbean airports give it away for free, after the jump!
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If you haven't checked out our comprehensive and ever-updating Airport WiFi Map, you totally should! Thanks to tips from readers and our own traveling, we're adding new airports with internet weekly, and today we've happily got 15 new additions for it! We should have over one hundred total already, all around the world.
Check out the list of our 15 newest airports with free WiFi, after the jump!
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If you haven't out our comprehensive and ever-updating Airport WiFi Map, you totally should! Thanks to tips from readers and our own traveling, we're adding new airport with internet weekly, and today we've happily got twenty-two new additions for it!
Check it out the list of our newest 22 airport with free WiFi, after the jump!