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Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier by Harold Davis

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Finding Free Hotspots

I like getting my wireless networking access without having to pay for it—and I'll bet you do, too.

The good news is that free access is spreading like wildfire among commercial establishments. (I'm not talking about mooching wireless service from a neighbor with an unprotected access point.)

This movement started when independent businesses, such as unaffiliated coffee shops, discovered that by offering free access they could successfully compete with big chains, such as Starbucks, where access was on a fee basis. Offering free access is also in keeping with the original spirit of wireless networking and the Internet, which is to make things as widely available to everyone as possible.

Quite a number of business chains ...

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