Osaka leads the way to free WiFi in Japan


Yay, technology!

It's been a long, and I mean long, time coming, but one city in lovely Japan has finally, finally gotten with the program and decided to offer free WiFi. And surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on how you look at it), it isn't Tokyo.

Osaka has launched free WiFi throughout the city that can be accessed by smart phones, laptops, and tablets. Depending on the hot spot, you generally have unlimited use in 30-minute intervals, or up to one hour of use for the entire day if you're at an Osaka Free Wi-Fi "Lite" zone. This whole thing is an effort with Osaka Tourism, so it'll be available at tourist attractions, public transportation hubs like train stations, and even shops and restaurants.

For more detailed information, such as how to connect in four easy steps, you can check out Osaka Tourist Guide.

This is huge. And part of me is insanely happy that Osaka is the first city to finally make a move, especially since they've been pushing for more tourism lately. Here's hoping that Tokyo and other major cities follow suit soon, because it's certainly one of the biggest factors that go into traveling these days.Yeah, sure, there's WiFi here and there if you know where to look for it, but a lot of the "free hotspots" require you to pre-register on a PC or to be sitting in a restaurant. This program only requires you to enter an email address to connect.

[via RocketNews24]

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