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07-26-2009 01:52 PM
It looks like Verizon has turned on the ability to register for access to free Verizon WiFi HotSpots.
Verizon Wi-Fi for High Speed Internet Verizon Wi-Fi* is a free service that enables qualified Verizon High Speed Internet subscribers to access the internet at thousands of public places known as Wi-Fi hotspots. This wireless service is not intended to be used from your home, but to be used while on-the-go.
Here is the URL:
It requires a 20MB Download or better FIOS Plan or 3MB or better DSL Plan
Verizon Wi-Fi is available with select High Speed Internet packages and in designated locations only. The service requires Windows Vista or Windows XP 32-bit with Service Pack 3. Verizon Wi-Fi is not available on Macintosh, Windows XP 64-bit, or Windows 7 operating systems.
07-27-2009 01:08 AM
Anyone else having trouble registering for this? I downloaded the software but when I go to activate an account, I get the same error message: "User name contains one or more invalid characters."
I followed all the requirements to pick a name - started with a letter, name has at least 3 characters, did not use my Verizon user name - and after 10 different tries, with 5 different names, that same error message comes up.
Any suggestions as to what is wrong?
07-27-2009 03:44 PM
07-27-2009 05:21 PM
Not only that, but they don't even want their future wifi-enabled phones to use it either.
Brilliant move Verizon. I really hope you change your mind about the software requirements.
07-27-2009 06:27 PM
07-28-2009 02:07 PM
07-28-2009 02:30 PM
I'm in southern california. (oxnard). Now I dont travel but I do frequently go down to the local starbucks and the wifi there is wide open. the local Mcdonalds is the same way. On my days off, I go down and check email while relaxing with a cup of cofee. maybe I'm lucky and I just have some local stores that do it different from other area's but I've never had to even put in a wep key at the local watering hole.
08-25-2009 01:21 PM
Just signed up for 2 years of phone/DSL/cable (via DirectTV) from Verizon. Non-metro area doesn't yet have FIOS.
Salesperson noted package included free WiFi at Verizon hotspots. Good deal, part of motivation to switch providers.
Went to info page: only for certain PC operating systems. Salesperson did NOT mention that.
AT&T does it for Macs. T-Mobile does it for Macs. Starbucks does it for Macs. Panera does it for Macs.
It's all essentially automatic. No special software installed, just provide your credentials & the access point doesn't have to know or care what the OS is.
Why does Verizon need to make it as hard as possible, including making users install unnecessy/undesirable software to use the service? Every time you install foreign software from a source you can't check it's a security risk. Who needs that?
Reminds me that in about 1990 I had Verizon DSL in another location. Couldn't just use same browsers other ISPs used - had to install Verizon's own version (I think it was Netscape).
Side effect of having to create custom s/w for each platform: Most used systems (XP, Vista) get developed first. If there's any money left, do OS X and Linox, but of course much later. (Actually, no, probably Windows 95 first.)
Verizon's not necessarily a bad company, just a company making bad choices.