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Free Wi-Fi, gotta love it. I use it all the time for work. I use it when I get a call from an agency or attorney while I'm out on a job, I didn't get that file, can you re-send it. I use it when I've decided to work remotely, i.e., not from home.
The important word here is "free." I am outraged that the cell phone companies want you to pay $60/month so that you can buy one of those wi-fi cards. Don't do it, I say. There are plenty of places you can get wi-fi for free.
Panera - All locations. Buy a cup of joe & plop yourself down.
Starbucks - Join their rewards card program (free) and you can have at least two hours a day free.
It's a Grind - free access.
lots of public libraries.
Lots of independent coffee shops.
Some McDonald's are getting in on the act.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
http://www.wififreespot.com/ - Before you go on vacay, check out this website and figure out where the wifi is where you'll be staying. I know of very few reporters who aren't "working" during their vacays and you never know, something might expedite and you need to get it in sooner than expected or someone's system crashes and you need to send your stuff in from wherever you are. I always take my laptop on trips. How about you?
Of course, if you're staying at a hotel w/wi-fi access great. But I find that a lot of hotels charge you for the privilege of using their wi-fi. Random aside - How come the high-end hotels charge you for the wi-fi, and the cheapie hotels throw it in for free along w/the breakfast buffet? I dunno.
These are all free. No theft involved.
Edited to add Chick-fil-A. God send if you've got a kid.
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