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Avoid data roaming fees in Taiwan: 2,520 free Wi-Fi hotspots

By danwarne     Filed under: internet, WiFi, Global roaming, wi-fi, wireless internet, Taiwan, Taipei, free Internet, wireless

IN BRIEF | If you're making a trip to the Mecca of electronics, Taiwan, you will soon be able to avoid data roaming fees entirely.

Authorities are setting up free Wi-Fi hotspots in 2,520 locations, including government agencies, tourist attractions and public transport stops.

Taiwan's leader, Ma Ying-jeou, describes free internet access as a "digital right" and says foreign visitors are welcome to make use of it.

It will only run at a speed of 512kbps -- fast enough for basic web browsing and email, but certainly not a replacement for a snappy hotel connection for serious work.

The free Wi-Fi network will be available from 7th October 2011, well in advance of June 5-9 2012, when the world descends on Taipei for the massive Computex expo.

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Dan is a tech enthusiast who frequently qualifies for enhanced airport security screening due to the number of cords and gadgets stuffed into his cabin bag.

 

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1 on 28/9/11 by ianmeyer

According to today's Taipei Times, over the next year it will be rolled out in Kaohsiung, Taichung and all of New Taipei/Taoyuan (including Taoyuan airport)... and speeds should be increased.

 

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