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Officeworks Offering Free Wi-Fi In All Stores

McDonald’s aside, free public Wi-Fi is still rare in Australia compared to other countries, so new options are welcome. Officeworks is now offering free Wi-Fi access in all its stores, which if nothing else gives you a potential way to look up cheaper options and then ask the staff to match the price.

The service requires a password login, but that’s the same across all stores so you can easily store it in your browser. As with most public Wi-Fi services, illegal content is blocked, and I’d guess torrents might be as well. In any event, you apparently can’t spend hours happily browsing the Web and downloading, as the terms of use make very clear:

To give everyone a chance to enjoy the service, Officeworks limits your internet connection time based on demand for the service. After a period of time has passed your device will be disconnected so others can gain access. If another session is available you can reconnect again by opening your browser and agreeing to the Terms of Use.

It’s not an option you’d use for serious working (or an emergency Skype video call), but as a quick-and-dirty way to get online it has potential.

Officeworks [via OzBargain]


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