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Jim Sullivan at Wi-FiFreeSpot is in Europe, checking out the free hotspots as well as the sights: We met yesterday and it was fun to discover that we’ve had very similar experiences with Wi-Fi in Ireland. Free Wi-Fi is very, very rare here. Jim stumbled on a free hotspot in the pub attached to a B & B out west. As far as I can tell, there are no longer any free hotspots in Dublin.
There are also very few, if any, independent hotspots that are run individually by venue owners in Dublin at least. One issue here, as Jim mentions, is that Internet cafes are absolutely everywhere and they’re really cheap—2 euros or less per hour. Users can bring their laptops and either plug in via Ethernet or use a hotspot there, as Jim discovered. While it’s a different atmosphere than regular cafe, it works well if you are there to get work done. The other hurdle to individuals setting up hotspots in cafes is that broadband is a major pain to get here.
Jim promises to keep writing on his blog from the road and I’ll be interested to see how much free Wi-Fi he finds outside of Ireland. Already it seems like he’s having better luck—he checked into his hotel in Amsterdam and detected four hotspots. He has plans to stop in Prague and Estonia and many other places in between.
Posted by nancyg at June 30, 2005 8:59 AM
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