If you’ve ever tried studying or working outside of the office or home, you’ll remember that familiar feeling of panic when you realise the free wifi isn’t working. Without the chance to check Facebook every 3 minutes and read the “news” online, you might be forced to do some actual work.
Thanks to our guide on getting wifi anywhere, you can continue procrastinating for as long as you like.
1. Wireless @ SG
The great thing about the free wifi services courtesy of Wireless @ SG is that they’re often not limited to a single location but encompass entire buildings. This means you’re not stuck warming a seat at that one café for 12 hours.
You can find Wireless @ SG at following places:
- Bugis Junction
- Bukit Panjang Plaza
- Changi Airport
- City Plaza
- Community centres
- Funan the IT Mall
- Gardens by the Bay (The Canopy, Supertree Grove, The Meadow)
- Haagen Dazs
- Harbourfront Centre
- ION Orchard
- Junction 8
- Jurong Point
- National Library branches
- Pizza Hut
- Punggol Plaza
- Raffles City Shopping Centre
- Robertson Walk
- Sembawang Shopping Centre
- Star Vista
- Tampines Mall
- Vivo City
One annoying thing about Wireless @ SG (apart from the highly sketchy Internet speeds) is that you have to sign in with a user name and password, and of course nobody ever remembers theirs. Make life easier for yourself by saving your password in your mobile phone’s memo.
When I go to a café to work, the first thing I ask them is if there’s free wifi. And I’m certain I’m not the only one, based on the number of people lurking silently behind the glowing screens of their laptops.
Now, it would be impossible to compile an exhaustive list of all the cafes with free wifi in Singapore. The easiest way to check if the place you’re headed to has wifi is to Google their website or Facebook page and give them a call if there’s no mention of wifi.
Elsewhere on the web, Ladyironchef has compiled a great list of cafes with free wi-fi here, which should be able to get you started.
3. SingTel Wifi
If you’re a SingTel subscriber, you can now lord it over other telco subscribers that you get access to unlimited wifi at designated SingTel hotspots located at malls such as Bugis+, Orchard Central and Plaza Singapura. Well, at least until July 2015 when SingTel revises their policies according to whether their competitors have tried to undercut them.
If you’re itching to send photos or videos to your friends on WhatsApp, wait till your phone is connected to wifi.
4. Connect your laptop using your smartphone’s wi-fi hotspot
First, we must caution that this is the only option on the list that’s not free.
If you’re really desperate, you can use the data connection on your smartphone to set up a wi-fi hotspot, and then connect your laptop to it.
If you have a tablet with 3G or 4G capabilities, you can use that as well.
Some phone models also allow you to connect your laptop to your phone using a USB cable or Bluetooth.
Don’t get all excited and immediately start watching YouTube videos, though. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re surfing the Internet on a laptop instead of peering at a tiny screen, but you need to remember that you’ve got limited data on your mobile plan. Just do whatever surfing you need to and then get out of there.
Have you tried using any of the above wifi options? Leave your reviews in the comments.
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