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Subway Wifi

Philip Partington
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:53:03 GMT

Just a quick question. I was in Tokyo earlier in the month, and a lot (most?) of the subway stations have free wifi access (albeit it through a clumsy system, though the different companies appear to be cooperating on a somewhat unified system). I've recently switched from my unlimited data plan to wifi life, so I've grown more conscious about wifi access about the city. It seems to me there isn't free wifi access in the subway stations, much less the trains themselves or on busses. Am I missing something, or is this service just not provided in Seoul? The three big telcos have their wifi offerings but they all seem to require a subscription or one-time payment. Thanks!

kowiana
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:26:51 GMT

Hey Philip. I've never personally seen any purely free wifi on the subway (unless someone's left their egg unlocked!), it's only the wifi that you mentioned which is tied to the phone companies. Wifi isn't offered at subway stations either. I personally would love to see this change though - especially with the Winter Olympics coming up in a couple of years, a lot of people will be travelling around Seoul too.

nimedi
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:27:59 GMT

Seoul is going to change that. Starting next year we'll see real free WIFI (provided by the city): http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2016/02/23/96/0504000000AEN20160223009200315F.html

kowiana
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:35:09 GMT

Great news! I just hope that bolster that networks so its actually usable. I know I've had really bad experiences with just trying to connect to public wifi in central Seoul and Incheon International Airport.

Philip Partington
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:04:50 GMT

Hi guys. Thanks for the insight and the article. Personally I've always had a good experience with the airport wifi, particularly compared to those in other countries where it is often unusable. I recently read an article about the NYC subway only going into trial for wifi on their trains—maybe this was on the Kojects Twitter, come to think of it. At any rate, a citywide blanket of public wifi would be impressive, if it works, and especially if it's easily accessible for tourists.