Taiwan launches free WiFi for tourists

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  • Friday, 14 Jun 2013

AWESOME: Taiwan is rolling out free WiFi specifically to help tourists. - ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013

Taiwan has become the latest country to roll out free WiFi for international visitors in the aim of accommodating foreigners and helping to keep them connected.

It's a move that will help curtail what can often turn out to be sky-high costs for a quick web search or e-mail check for foreign visitors.

Based on the country's existing free WiFi program for locals, iTaiwan is being expanded to give tourists equal online access.

To enroll, tourists can present their passport at Travel Service Centers which are found at major airports, train stations and mass rapid transit (MRT) stations across the country. After providing an e-mail address, users are then given an account number that can be used to gain free online access at major indoor public areas and hotspots.

Tourists with a native mobile phone number or native prepaid card number can also register for an account the same way as locals: by simply inputting their mobile phone number on iTaiwan's website, entering a code and activating their account with an authorization code which is sent via SMS.

Meanwhile, Kyoto, Japan has also ratcheted up its free WiFi offerings, catering to tourists with three-hour and seven-day passes. Hotspot locations are identifiable by blue and purple symbols and include bus stops and 7-Eleven stores.

Last year, the government of Thailand announced plans to launch a free WiFi service for the 19 million tourists who visit the country annually. The 'ICT Free WiFi For Tourism' programme involved plans to install high-speed Internet at 1,615 major tourist attractions across the country. - ©AFP/Relaxnews 2013  

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