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New Trend? Free Wi-Fi in This European City Is 7X Faster Than Average US Home Connection

New Trend? Free Wi-Fi in This European City Is 7X Faster Than Average US Home Connection

Million Mile SecretsNew Trend? Free Wi-Fi in This European City Is 7X Faster Than Average US Home ConnectionMillion Mile Secrets Team

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!

New Trend Free Wi-Fi In This European City Is 7X Faster Than Average US Home Connection
Helsinki, Finland, Is Encouraging Tourism With Super Fast, Free Wi-Fi Everywhere. This Is Easily Enough Speed to Make High-Quality Video Calls Back Home

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.

New Trend Free Wi-Fi In This European City Is 7X Faster Than Average US Home Connection
Free Wi-Fi in a Public Park Outside the Center Is Still Speedy

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?

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