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 while connected to WiFi

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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

  6. 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.)

  7. Hi @edwardl.aj46n7,

    The process needs data - access to cellular data, or Wi-Fi, and can take several minutes.

    (Edited to correct previous statement that the process requires Wi-Fi).

  8. I went to Lowe’s in Clemson, SC today. Before entering the store I looked at my RW moto g5+ and saw that it was connected to the store WiFi. I looked at my moto g6 Fi phone and it showed the connected WiFi icon with a small x and a WiFi? notification. I clicked on the notification, checked a box, and submitted. Then I was on. Score one for RW.

  9. My understanding is this feature is dependent upon Android operating system functionality available on in Android 6 (Marshmallow) or later. No Republic phone running the 2.0 app runs anything more recent than Android 5 (Lollipop). This one is a technical issue rather than a business decision.

  10. Thanks, @southpaw! I had tried earlier this morning to no avail, but tried again just now prompted by your reply and it worked!

  11. When I opened the app this morning, the spinning circle was still there. I force stopped the app and cleared the cache. Then I restarted the app and the slider appeared in the on position. I toggled it just to see if it is really working and it is. Thanks for your help.

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