TOOLKIT – Known free WiFi hotspots across the UK
They’re areas with wireless broadband put in by providers, and allow you to use the internet in various public spaces. Places like cafes, pubs, and shopping centres in particular like to offer them, as internet access is something that tends to attract customers. You’ll also find hotspots in shops, train stations, restaurants, airports, department stores… all kinds of busy places where there are a lot of people.
There are also free WiFi hotspots being set up, many in city centres. Where these coincide with residential areas, local schools can encourage their families to make good use of this opportunity to get on to the internet for free through their mobile phones, home computers and computers provided to pupils by their school.
So how do I connect to a WiFi hotspot?
To find a hotspot to connect to, the first thing you’ll need to do is to enable WiFi on your device. It’ll give you a list of available WiFi networks – look for the ‘open’ ones that let you connect without a password. They’ll usually be from BT, O2, The Cloud, Virgin Media, or the name of the place you’re in (‘McDonald’s WiFi,’ for instance). Select one, and it’ll usually take you to a landing page on your browser, where you can either sign in or just click to connect. and you are online for free!
There are a number of websites that will help you find free WiFi hotspots all over the country as follows: