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Find free Wi-Fi on the go

Find free Wi-Fi on the go

The Wi-Fi Finder app hasn't been updated in two years, so we're recommending using WifiMapper instead.

Wi-Fi hot spots are a blessing for anyone on the go, and it's even better when that hot spot is free. You can connect your smartphone or tablet to the Internet without using up your gadget's data plan and risking those awful overage charges.

That means you are free to surf the Web, stream movies and music, browse Facebook, check your email, even make Skype video calls to your heart's content.

The tricky part, though, is finding a hot spot. Sure, you could try the nearest coffee shop, but chances are there's somewhere closer. Instead, fire up Wi-Fi Finder from JiWire.

Boasting more than 145,000 entries across the globe in the iPhone version and 550,000 in 144 countries on Android, JiWire uses your phone's GPS to find nearby Wi-Fi hot spots, both free and paid.

You can filter your search results by location type, such as restaurant, coffee shop, hotel and so on. Or, you can filter by geographical location, so you can plan where to make a Wi-Fi pit stop on a trip.

JiWire also gives you the address, phone number and directions to the Wi-Fi location.

And here's the kicker: Wi-Fi Finder works offline, so you don't have to have Wi-Fi to find Wi-Fi!

Is your favorite place with Wi-Fi not listed? JiWire adds new locations to its database daily, so keep checking back.

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