Recently, I received a request asking if seniors could receive free (or at least cheaper or discounted) WiFi internet service.
Admittedly, it was something that I hadn’t looked into…so for Marcus Walton, who asked the question, this one’s for you.
So I am going to recap all of the ways I found to get either free internet…or at least a discount.
First of all, if you currently are getting your WiFi through a Cable provider…call them up and see if there is any senior discount available. You may find something and you might not, but start by asking.
But there are other places to get free WiFi.
Go into any Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, Panera Bread, etc…and there will be free WiFi there. There is also free WiFi in the coffee shops located inside bookstores like Barnes and Noble.
At my local library, there is free WiFi. Plus, if you don’t have a laptop/tablet you can use the computers there to check your email or do whatever you want.
However, there is typically a time limit placed on the use of the computers. You cant use them for more than 2 hours to allow access for other patrons.
This may be coming to a city near you. There is a program which has been started by the City of NY to turn all of the local pay phones into WiFi hotspots.
You would need to be within 85 feet of the hotspot to connect but if you live in the city it is a way for you to get free WiFi.
Now, I know what you are thinking. You were hoping for a list of free WiFi sources in your home. Well, for those of you looking for that, here are some ideas…
FreedomPop offers free internet for individuals up to 500 MB of data monthly. This is ideal for email, keeping upwith your kids/grandkids on Facebook, etc…
If you go over the 500MB of data, it costs $.02 a MB, which isn’t bad at all.
They offer other programs as well, but this is a great way to start.
In addition, I found this article written by the “Savvy Senior” pointing out resources like NetZero and Juno for cheaper internet respurces, around $10 a month.