Free Access to 30 Million WiFi Hotspots

WiFi access and availability have grown significantly over the last decade, with the number of hotspots increasing over 30-fold to nearly half a billion broadcast WiFi hotspots globally.

Since the inception of Republic Wireless, we’ve continually provided a better experience over WiFi. We’re taking another step forward today by announcing FREE access to 30 million nationwide Republic Verified WiFi Hotspots. This new feature is designed to help our valued members save even more money each month by reducing their cell data usage when on-the-go. Additionally, for our members on our popular Talk & Text plan, they will now have more seamless access to data on-the-go via easily accessible WiFi hotspots nationwide.

It can be frustrating being in an area with no cell signal and lots of WiFi Hotspots but no way to connect to any of them. Now, when you’re out and about we’ll automatically and seamlessly connect you to nearby Verified WiFi Hotspots that are part of our network and meet our standards for internet connectivity and fidelity of signal strength. By partnering with a leading national provider of WiFi Hotspots, you’ll gain access to both premium and open wireless networks when they’re available and have access to your calls, messages and data.

To check available hotspots in your area, zoom in on the coverage map below. Note: Not all available hotspots are mapped below yet.

This feature is available today for all My Choice members using Republic App version 3.20 or higher.  

1. Open the Republic Wireless App

2. Navigate to the Settings Tab (the gear icon)

3. Toggle on ‘Enable Free WiFi Connectivity

4. Automatically connect to WiFi Hotspots!

We are always looking for ways to add more value and flexibility to the Republic Wireless My Choice plan. From easy one-time data adds for just $5 per GB, to free access to 30 million Verified WiFi Hotspots nationwide for free, our goal is to give you flexibility of a plan that fits your data and budget needs, while also giving you peace of mind that you can access data on-the-go whenever you need it.

Have you had a chance to try out this new feature yet? We’d love to know about your experience. Let us know how it’s going in the comments!

Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn0Pin on Pinterest0Share on Google+0Share on Reddit0

Notable Replies

  1. I enabled this when I got the update and it’s automatically connected to several hotspots around town.

    I like that I don’t have to click thru to accept the terms and conditions to enable connectivity.

  2. This sounds great! Would there happen to be a way we can identify where these hotspots are? A map of some kind, perhaps?

  3. mb2x says:

    Well, they use Ipass for the WiFi hotspots so it would be a number of those (probably not all of them). They have a number of interesting partners.

  4. @solonb Yes, we’ve updated the post and it now includes a map. Zoom in to see coverage in your area.

  5. I see the red dots. Thats good to see.
    But, they don’t pop up anything when u click them to show what they are, like Starbucks etc.

    Is there a way to switch your map over to satellite view to see what building or stores are at the locations marked? When I click to load in Google Maps, the coverage map and red dots are not there.

    Edit: I can click on any location on the map, and it does say the address in the upper left, including the red dots, so I can copy and paste that address into Google maps page and see what is there that way, but that is a bit tedious to do.

    Interesting that some of the red dots near me show up as a regular residential home.

  6. I’m going to assume that these are folks that have modems from their cable providers and haven’t turned off the public hotspot feature. For instance, we have Xfinity, if I didn’t turn off the “feature” the day the modem came in addition to broadcasting my private wifi it would also be broadcasting an “Xfinity Wifi” node.

  7. Last I read, that “Feature” can not be disabled.

    If those red dots are those, then why aren’t their several over my home address, as my apartment complex has over a dozen of them. So does the 2 complexes across the street from me.

  8. With Comcast it can: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/disable-xfinity-wifi-home-hotspot

    Perhaps your provider isn’t one that is part of the network. Or they had their residential spots excluded. Or these spots don’t meet some other criteria. Or something else entirely.

  9. They all say “Xfinity WiFi” so they are indeed Comcast router/modems.
    Must be only the newest models then that support turning off that feature, as the ones I have setup for folks have no such option. I also was not aware that the current models, u had to login to customers account via the Comcast web portal, and not the modems own GUI web page, to change settings.
    Also, the past gen Comcast modems/routers do not lock out the web gui access while on the supposed separate public hotspot wifi. I also could run scans and detect all devices on the customers “private network”.

  10. We have the Arris TG1682G modem/router from Comcast Xfinity. I turned off the Hotspot feature when we got it. It’s been a while, but I think I had to make a call or I did an online chat (I really don’t remember) to have them remotely put the device into bridge mode to turn off the wifi so I could just use my Netgear R7000 router.

  11. How do members access the map with the local hotspots? Is this available in the RW app and or web?

    I did see one of my regular WiFi networks at a Publix store was verified per a RW notification for the first time.

    :flight_departure:

  12. Its in the original article in the first post. Scroll down a bit.
    https://pwk.republicwireless.com/free-access-to-30-million-wifi-hotspots/

    EDIT: Found direct link to maps in page source code:
    GSM: https://ct.republicwireless.com/2018/06/18/maps/gsm_map.html
    CDMA: https://ct.republicwireless.com/2018/06/18/maps/cdma_map.html

    (Moderator’s note: Links to the maps have been updated due to site changes.)

Continue the discussion at our Community forums

Participants