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The number of worldwide Hotspots has jumped to 76,987, according to recent data from JiWire with London, Tokyo and Paris being the top cities. Surprising news – San Francisco is not even in the top ten list.

The number of worldwide Hotspots has jumped to 76,987, according to recent data from JiWire with London, Tokyo and Paris being the top cities. Surprising news – San Francisco is not even in the top ten list.

  1. but no consistent way to access the hot spots. On a trip last month through Paris, I was delighted my Boingo account would allow me to roam while I transited at CDG airport. The local provider dropped me every 5 minutes (and kept sending me emails asking if I wanted to access the web – in French) and to add insult to injury I came back to see a $ 100+ “premium usage” charge from Boingo. When I called to dispute it, they said I would need to take it up with Amex…fortunately those numerous French emails are still in my deleted email folder…

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  2. Not surprising in the least. Ji-Wire and Wifinder depend on commercial providers to send in data. Having wi-fi in San Francisco is so common that cafes don’t both to market the fact beyond a sign in their windows. It’s still rare enough in those other cities that it’s worth the time to fill in a form or two on some web sites.

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