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Finding free Wi-Fi can be a challenge while traveling. But Helsinki is alleviating that concern to encourage tourism. And I hope this starts a new wave of cities offering free, fast Wi-Fi not just in a few public spaces, but everywhere!
According to BGR, the average US home internet connection is ~31 megabits per second. But my friend who’s visiting Helsinki has a download speed nearly 7X that while sitting in the center of town. And look at this upload speed!
Upload Your Helsinki Photos in the Blink of an Eye
You won’t get free Wi-Fi everywhere, but according to Quartz, you’ll find it in all city-controlled spaces and buildings.
For instance, my friend was relaxing on a bench by the water in the woods of the western island neighborhood of Lauttasaari and still had great Wi-Fi speeds.
So when you’re snapping photos and videos of Helsinki’s beautiful nature, cathedrals, and buildings, they’ll be uploaded quickly.
Will Other Cities Follow?
I certainly hope so! Many cities offer free Wi-Fi in some areas but you have to find it. And it’s not always the fastest. For instance, New York City has free Wi-Fi for AT&T users in many parks.
While traveling, you can use your cell phone plan’s Wi-Fi. But that could get expensive.
I have a couple of buddies who love to travel with T-Mobile. Because with certain plans you get free Wi-Fi and free text messaging in many locations around the world. But it’s certainly NOT nearly as fast as Helsinki’s free Wi-Fi!
Or you can use Boingo’s hot spots at no cost with your American Express Platinum card.
Do you know of any other cities with fast free Wi-Fi?