Taiwans’s Giving Free Wifi to Anyone Who Visits

Taiwan became one of the first countries in the world to offer free wifi on a mass scale to its citizens, and now it is extending that to any foreign tourist, also for free, in a move that will gain it a lot of goodwill.  As someone who is constantly searching for a wifi signal in foreign countries I think this is fantastic news.

The Taiwan government-backed free “iTaiwan” wireless network launched in 2011, and
now has about 4,400 hotspots in major tourist spots, transportation hubs, cultural establishments and government offices all over the island country. Citizens needed just their local phone number to register and then use the semi-fast 1 MBPS service.

Now, for foreign vistors, who generally have trouble getting a local SIM in the country (two forms of identity, etc), the process of tapping these wi-fi networks has been made a lot easier starting this month: visitors can open an iTaiwan account at a Taiwan Tourism Bureau counter/center, show their passport as ID and that’s it: they can login using their account, on their digital devices.

In addition, iTaiwan has established roaming agreements with four local governments so that tourists also have access in Taipei City, New Taipei, Taichung, and Tainan.

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About Max Hartshorne

I am the editor of GoNOMAD.com the travel website. And I am the owner of the GoNOMAD Cafe, a traveler's cafe in South Deerfield MA. I travel to a foreign country every month. I write articles and post daily blogs about the people I meet and the places I see.   When I get itchy, I fly away, but there's enough time to be here and run my beloved web businesses too. Follow me at twitter.com/gonomad
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