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  • Walkoff Balk
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/2011...htcomeknocking

    What's the frequency, Kenneth?

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  • mel
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    Bump... anyone know if sites previously mentioned in this thread are still offering free wifi?

    The ones I know of and use from time to time include:

    McDonalds' - seems all locations have free wifi.

    Starbucks - most have free wifi

    Hawaii State Capitol - most of the building

    Barnes & Noble Ala Moana - near their snack shop. Any other B & Ns?

    Borders - Haven't been there in over a year but they had some limited free wifi at Ward location.

    Safeway Kaimuki - been more than a year since I been there, but last I was they had.

    MacMouse - on South Street.

    Apple Store - Ala Moana; I presume the others have too.

    Various hotels in Waikiki. Haven't recently checked.

    Is Kokua Wireless still offering free wifi?

    Know of any other "free" public hotspots in Honolulu, elsewhere in Hawaii?

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  • LocalMotion
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    Another good site is:

    JiWire

    which also has a iphone app to search for wifi

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  • alohatim
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    Hawaiian Air's Premiere lounge has free wifi at Honolulu but not at Lihue. Also on Kauai, Kukui Grove Mall has free wifi provided by First Hawaiian Bank.

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  • Ninja
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    Starbucks nationwide is switching from T-mobile to AT&T as their Wi-Fi provider, but word has it that it comes with strings attached...rumors are being a AT&T user, having a Starbucks card and dealing with pop-ups, IM's, etc.
    I spend alot of time in Seattle and one of their chains, Tully's, gives it away for free and see it as a perk, where as Starbucks sees it as a new marketing tool.
    I say no thanks.

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  • tutusue
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    Originally posted by Nords View Post
    [...]
    ...but don't want to pay for their (soon to be free?) WiFi[...]
    Really? There's a chance that Starbuck's wifi (Skywave Metro) will soon be free?

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  • Altivec
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    I know Safeway Kapahulu has free wifi access.

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  • Ninja
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    Originally posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Isn't Seattle's Best owned by Starbucks? Big hint both use the same acronym "SB"
    Yes, both owned by Starbucks but run separately.


    As far as a free wi-fi, Mocha Java at Ward Centre offers free wi-fi per purchase.

    And not that I endorse this, and has risk, but the Keeaumoku Wal-Mart food court there are plenty of open nets from the condos/towers nearby.

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  • craigwatanabe
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    Isn't Seattle's Best owned by Starbucks? Big hint both use the same acronym "SB"

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  • Nords
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    Seattle's Best in Waipio (next to Costco).

    If you go to the Starbucks across the parking lot but don't want to pay for their (soon to be free?) WiFi, Starbuck's staff will show you where to sit so that you can pick up the leakage from Seattle's Best...

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  • mel
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    It's been more than a year since this thread was bumped. But I am wondering if anyone has a favorite free publicly accessible wifi hotspot that they use regularly. Some of the links shown in the previous messages in this thread are dead, other alive, but seemingly not updated regular or if at all since this thread started.

    Here are some links that I checked. Don't know for sure if all of the wifi hotspots listed are "free". I am looking for a good public place like a restaurant or something in the Downtown to Ala Moana area where there still is free wifi.

    Oceanic Roadrunner need not apply.

    Wireless Waikiki c/o ShakaNet - is this still active?
    http://www.wirelesswaikiki.org/

    WiFi Freespot
    http://wififreespot.com/ha.html

    Wifi Finder
    http://www.wifinder.com/

    I Love Free Wifi
    http://www.ilovefreewifi.com/honolulu/

    Kokua Wireless - seems to be heavily concentrated in DT/ Chinatown.
    http://public.meraki.com/network/kokuawireless

    Hawaii State Capitol - info @ Public Access Room
    http://hawaii.gov/lrb/par/

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  • Glen Miyashiro
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    Here's another wireless lookup site -- this one uses a Google Maps mashup.

    http://hotspotr.com/

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  • pzarquon
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    There are lots, and I mean lots, of 'free wireless directories' out there covering various metro areas and neighborhoods.

    I know the folks at the Hawaii Handheld Computer Palm pda Group (HiHug) have helped maintain this Honolulu wi-fi list, occasionally posting comments about the various locations. Looks like they broke their Google Map link and the pop-ups are annoying, but it's as good a place to start as any.

    There's a broader listing here, with other islands represented.

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  • LocalMotion
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    Here's a site i used back in texas that had tons of entries. it's user based so anyone can add a site for a area as long as it's free.

    let's start adding spots for Honolulu

    http://www.ilovefreewifi.com/honolulu/






    ...

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  • pzarquon
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    I started a new thread to talk about the Chinatown Wi-Fi project specifically, since it's a bit more than a 'hotspot.'

    It did remind me to look up how the Wireless Waikiki project is doing. Apparently they finished their first phase in April. Seeing as how individual hotels are also deploying their own paid systems, though, I've always wondered how well covering all of Waikiki would work.

    Around town, of course, a lot of free 'hotspots' are unintentional. Remember the local wireless wardrive I posted about a while back? I just posted an update to that thread as well. Unsecured access points are everywhere. Since the beginning of the year, the number of SSIDs detectable from our living room has jumped from four to seven, and only two are secured!

    As for Wi-Fi on airplanes, Mel, the tests have been getting mixed reviews, and just a couple of weeks ago it sounded like Boeing's program was being scuttled. With issues like power availability and premium pricing (from $12 to $250 a flight!), I don't know how well it'll work out. Considering that airlines are cutting meal service and charging for pillows, this certainly won't be a feature that'll come cheap.

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