What if we told you some of the most hated corporations in America were doing something awesome? For you. Like Darth Vader actually being a semi-good dude and at least giving you his WiFi password when you board the Death Star for interrogation (password is Ch3wbacCa).
Well it’s true. If you’re paying for Internet at home, you can get free WiFi on the go! We’ve found that 8 of the top 10 internet providers (MSOs by industry parlance) for Republic Wireless members offer free access to their WiFi networks outside the home. Purportedly these are secure and high quality networks maintained directly by the Internet providers or their partners.
Generally, to gain access you’ll have to subscribe to a certain provider’s home Internet service and then follow some simple instructions for setting up access. Take a look at our summary chart below to see if you’re with an able provider. If you’re not a subscriber to one of these services, check your provider’s website to see if they offer complimentary WiFi access — you might get lucky! For example Brighthouse, a large MSO outside our Top-10, is part of an industry consortium called CableWiFi that provides access to a collection of WiFi Hotspots. Other Republic members, like myself as a CenturyLink* subscriber, will need to be patient as this type of WiFi service becomes more prevalent across the industry.
While quality may vary from hotspot to hotspot or even by MSO, we believe these can be a valuable resource for connecting especially if you are approaching your data limit. And for our $10 voice & text only plan members, or our members trying to maximize refunds on our new Republic Refund plans, these WiFi hotspots are truly an awesome discovery. Regardless of whether or not you’re a Republic member, if you’re already paying for one of these Internet services, why not take some value with you while you’re out and about? Tell us about your experience with each of these providers’ mobile WiFi in the comments. We’re curious to see what people think!
WiFi Login instructions and App downloads
*CenturyLink does not have hotspots or an app available.
**Spectrum and Frontier do not currently have apps available