New app unlocks airport WiFi
Struggling to get online when you land in unfamiliar territory? This could help.
Staying connected in today’s world has become more of a necessity than a luxury - this is especially true for travellers arriving in an unfamiliar country. Unfortunately, this is exactly the time when it can be most difficult to get online. However, a new app is turning all that around, providing sojourners with the chance to connect to the net in scores of airports around the world.
WiFox was developed by blogger and computer security engineer Anil Polat, and aims to provide users with wireless internet passwords and other information for airport hotspots all around the world. As of earlier today there were more than 350 networks included but that number is rising as more information is added and verified. Taking the sting out of arriving in a new place has always been a driving motive for Anil Polat. When asked about the reasons for creating WiFox, Polat said he wanted to “help travellers get online when they need it most and are least likely to have WiFi access”. WiFox is more than just a password database however. The app dispenses all sorts of information about the hotspots, such as where exactly they are located and handy tips that could help you make the most of the connection (i.e. ways to get the strongest signal, and so on).
Of course, there are a few lists out there that collect airport WiFi passwords but these don’t have the benefit of being updated multiple times per day. WiFox can even show you how to get around pesky restrictions on the amount of time you can use a certain connection for.
In regard to future updates, Polat stated “I’m listening to all user feedback, always” and said that further updates, freely available for those who own the app, will follow user feedback. For those who like the idea of a helping hand when it comes to getting online in a new city or country, WiFox is available on the App Store, Google Play, and even Amazon for USD$1.99.
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Like any new app, WiFox is likely to have its ups and downs - if you’ve tried out this app during your travels, we’d love to hear from you. Let us know whether WiFox is all it’s cracked up to be, or if it still has a little ways to go before it lives up to its lofty goals, in the comments below.