Airport Travel Tips:  Various Ways to Get on the Internet For Less, Flickr: cimatti

How Do You Get Your Wi-Fi in the Airport?


One of the biggest issues I have while traveling is not having enough internet access, especially in airports. Not every airport is like Hong Kong International, which offers you free Wi-Fi access, so in the event that you absolutely need to plug in, chances are you’ll have to pay out of your pocket.
Here are some ways you can get on the internet (free or not) during your travels:
Boingo Hotspot Subscription
With access to over 500,000 hotspots from around the world, Boingo offers laptop plans starting at $9.95 per month. This is a great idea if you travel a lot, especially within North and South America. The company also has a UK/Ireland, Europe Plus, and Global Combo plans. If you want mobile only Wi-Fi access, there are separate (cheaper) plans. Boingo also offers an inflight Wi-Fi option.
Android PDA Net
If you pay Verizon and AT&T a little extra monthly fee (around $50 per month), you can use your smartphone as a mobile hotspot and find it on your list of Networks on your computer. But if you want to skip the $50 a month altogether (who doesn’t), you can download free software from June Fabrics called PDA Net and tether your Android to your phone and use it as a wireless hub, anywhere (sorry, PDA Net is not supported by iPhone).
NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband
NetZero is not completely free now, but its Mobile Broadband deal is not too shabby either. For $9.95 per month, your laptop becomes its own hotspot with a NetZero 4G device. The data plan you choose will have an impact of your subscription rate, though ($9.95 gives you 500 MB of data per month). Note: you’ll need to buy a NetZero stick for laptops or a Hotspot that will set you back $50-$100 as a one-time investment, but even then it’s not a shabby deal at all.
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