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JiWire's Wi-Fi Finder

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Staying Connected

Get unlimited Wi-Fi access

Sign up with Boingo Mobile Wi-Fi, and you’ll have unlimited access to thousands of partnering Wi-Fi hot spots in more than 70 countries around the globe.

Cost: Free, plus $7.95 per month service charge.

Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPod Touch, Nokia, Symbian, Windows Mobile.

Find nearby hot spots

JiWire’s Wi-Fi Finder online database gives you mapped listings of the nearest free and paid Wi-Fi areas in your vicinity. Click on an icon to find out how much the network costs and how to get there.

Cost: Free.

Runs On: Android, iPhone/iPod Touch.

Call home

Want to save money on your calls? Traveler standby Skype sends phone calls over Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to turn on your data roaming service. The service offers free calls to other Skype users and reduced-rate calls (along the lines of 2.1 cents a minute from Europe, or less) to regular phones.

Cost: Free.

Runs On: Android, BlackBerry (Verizon), iPhone/iPod Touch.

Runner-up: Line2, a similar app for Android and iPhone that lets you make unlimited international calls for $14.95 a month.


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