If you're anything like me, then your lunch breaks can be a big strain on your smartphone or tablet's data plan. I'm always answering emails, hunting down the latest great videos and looking for the important content that I bring you every day.
Luckily, lots of major restaurant and retail chains offer free Wi-Fi to all customers. It's a great way to make my lunches productive without wreaking havoc on my data plan.
That's why I was so excited to find this list that brings you every major chain that offers free Wi-Fi.
While you may be able to find some local restaurants that will give you the same thing, it's nice to know the major chains with free Wi-Fi because you can find these restaurants and stores nearly anywhere.
I'm a traveler, and information like this is really useful when I'm at a hotel with slow Wi-Fi. If you want to know how to get the fastest Wi-Fi at hotels, you can click here.
This list includes whether or not the chain features open Wi-Fi and speed averages for every chain's Internet connection.
- Applebee's (open)
- Arby's (open)
- Burger King (open AT&T hotspots)
- Chick-Fil-A (open)
- Denny's (open)
- Dunkin Donuts (open, averages about 1.7 Mbps)
- Einstein Bros. (open)
- Jimmy John's (open)
- Hooters (open, select locations)
- IHOP (most locations)
- Krispy Kreme (open)
- McDonald's (open, average about 4 Mbps)
- Panera (open, 30 minute limit during rush times, averages about 1 Mbps)
- Quiznos (open)
- Starbucks (open)
- Subway (select locations, open)
- Taco Bell (open)
- Tim Horton's (open, averages about 1.9 Mbps)
- Wendy's (open)
- Apple Store (open)
- Barnes and Noble (in the cafe, open)
- Best Buy (open, averages 3.8 Mbps)
- Lowes (open, averages 1.9 Mbps)
- Macy's (open)
- Meijer (open, but you'll need a mobile app)
- Nordstrom (open)
- Office Depot (open)
- Safeway (open)
- Sam's Club (open)
- Staples (open)
- Target (open, averages about 1.8 Mbps)
- Whole Foods (open)
Now that you have a big list of where you can get free Wi-Fi anywhere in the U.S., it's time to learn how to stay safe on that public Wi-Fi. Click here to read my helpful tip on how to do exactly that.