Free Wi-Fi isn’t just a staple of coffee shops anymore. There are tons of other locations you’re probably not aware of that now provide it, and here’s how to find them.
Home and technology blog Unplggd has uncovered a bunch of unusual locations that provide Wi-Fi where you might least expect it. For example, if you’re on jury duty you may be able to get free Wi-Fi from the courthouse (example is in California). Free Wi-Fi is alsoprovided to customers at EZ Lube to use while waiting for an oil change. Other car service centers and your local car dealership may also have free Wi-Fi as well. Megabus and theBolt Bus both offer Wi-Fi on their bus lines, so you can stay connected while traveling. Unplggd details nine other unusual locations, but the takeaway is really this: if you want free Wi-Fi wherever you’re going, make a phone call to find out if they have it. While you can often find free Wi-Fi hotspots online, many places do not advertise their free Wi-Fi. Even if their Wi-Fi isn’t generally available to customers, they’ll often let you use it if you ask nicely.
Before you start making use of the numerous free Wi-Fi hotspots, be sure to learn how to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks. Also, if you want to get really serious about detecting free Wi-Fi options, check out our our definitive guide to finding free Wi-Fi.