Android/iOS: “Free Airport Wi-Fi” is almost always slow, a security nightmare or expensive — but it’s likely not all that’s available in the airport. Luckily, WiFox is packed with a ton of network names and passwords for airports around the globe, so you can surf happily — and safely.
First things first, WiFox is just under $3, and for your money you get access to a constantly updated, crowdsourced list of airport Wi-Fi network names and passwords. I tested the app out (the developer gave us a promo code to try out) and sure enough, I found Wi-Fi passwords for networks in airports I’ve flown through several times. A few prominent ones were missing (for example, there were only two networks listed in Heathrow, none in Charles DuGalle, two in JFK, one in LaGuardia, two in BWI Thurgood Marshall and one at Dulles International. Most of those networks are Wi-Fi in an airport lounge, or a restaurant in the airport, which are great if your terminal or gate is nearby, but not too helpful if you’re on the other side of the airport. Plus, many of the crowdsourced network data is the same in every airport.
Since all of the data is crowdsourced, WiFox lets you upvote network information that works and downvote any passwords that fail or have expired. It also shows timed networks, although it gives you a few tips on how to get around time restrictions if you need them. You can even directly copy passwords to your device clipboard for easy pasting into your Wi-Fi network settings.
Hit the link below to read more about WiFox, and to grab a copy. If you’re a frequent flyer on a budget, and you don’t have a ton of data to go around, it’s definitely cheaper than a bigger plan or a mobile hotspot.