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Get free Wi-Fi in almost any city or town in the U.S.

Get free Wi-Fi in almost any city or town in the U.S.
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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.

Bonus tip: Did you make any of these mistakes when picking your 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.

Restaurants

  • 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)

Retailers

  • 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.

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Source: Lifehacker
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