Six ways to get free Wi-Fi when you travel

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    With the holiday season right around the corner, hotel rates are rising and airfares promise to be prohibitive. Do you really want to put another dent in your travel budget by paying for Wi-Fi?
    Of course not. Fortunately, you don’t have to as it seems there are more ways to get free Wi-Fi all the time. Here are six paths to the Internet that won’t cost you a dime (although you may have to endure an ad or two):

    View via WindowsTraveling to New York or San Francisco this holiday season? If so, the folks at Microsoft and Boingo have teamed up to offer the gift of free Wi-Fi to support the launch of Windows 8. Through the end of the year, signal seekers can bring up Boingo’s app or Wi-Fi locator and log on near several major tourist attractions in San Francisco and at more than 200 hotspots in New York.
    “Brands like Microsoft are looking to get in front of consumers and a great way to do that is to link the brand to giving away a benefit during the holiday season,” said Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research. It’s worth noting that the promotion is being offered on all platforms, which means that more than a few of those Windows 8 ads will be viewed on iPads and Android devices.

    Eat, drink and surf freelyRegardless of how you feel about their menus and impact on local, independent businesses, it’s hard to dismiss the increasingly ubiquitous Wi-Fi provided by Starbucks and McDonald’s. The former offers complimentary access at 7,000 company-owned stores; the latter, at more than 12,000 outlets in the U.S. alone. With free access seemingly on every other corner, perhaps other companies will be prompted to follow suit.

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