Annie Adjchavanich, CRE LA, Orange Co, SFV, South Bay, Inland Empire (Secret HQ, Inc)

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nope, don't use it.  Don't trust it.  I have verizon wifi on the go.

Jul 13, 2016 03:01 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Annie, 

Our hot spot works great most of the time.  And there is always Starbuck as Debbie Gartner pointed out.  A

Jul 13, 2016 02:11 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I usually find that coffee shops are always good, needless to say Malls have surprised me, Endre

Jul 13, 2016 04:47 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annie Adjchavanich I use my T-mobile service that I can tether for wi-fi on my laptop....

Jul 13, 2016 03:31 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

There are a lot of free networks out there right now. 

Jul 13, 2016 02:54 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I do a lot of traveling and have been logging on to public sometimes not so public wifis for quite some time.

Most hotels are good

some restaruants are good, others try to monetize this and the hoops that you jump through here are not worth it.

Some coffee shops are great, others try to monetize the connection.

Those who try to monetize their wifi connection lose my business for food and coffee too, a big mistake when we are on a month long project in the area.

Most times though, I am glad that I have a hotspot function built into my phone.

 

Jul 13, 2016 02:30 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

My biggest surprise was discovering my personal hot spot actually worked!

Jul 13, 2016 12:10 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

coffee shops

Jul 13, 2016 11:58 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not use unsecured wifi, I have a secure personal hotspot that I can use anytime, anywhere.

Jul 13, 2016 10:59 PM
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Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Lots and lots of places have free wi-fi these days, just drive around and watch your device search and see how many it finds. Quality of signal, on on the other hand and as you've seen, is quite often lacking.

Security would also be a huge concern for me - avoid open networks: if I don't need a password, I don't use it. That's why I specifically got my iPad with cellular capability (and bonus, it was only $10/mo to add it to our phone data plan), so that I don't have to rely upon other people's / business's wi-fi.  

Jul 13, 2016 10:00 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Tammy Lankford, nailed this one...

Jul 13, 2016 09:48 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I don't use public/free wifi - that's a virus waiting to happen

Jul 13, 2016 08:56 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The fast food restaurants are usually a good selection.

Jul 13, 2016 08:20 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I've heard mixed signals about using free wi-fi

Jul 13, 2016 07:14 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

My iPhone service is set up so no matter where I have service (nost places I have been) I can access my iPad or use my iPhone as a hotspot for my laptop. Love it.

I've heard the WifiMapper app will help you find Wifi. It was only IOS but there may be Android now.

Starbucks works, of course, and they are everywhere it seems...provided you can find a seat!

Jul 13, 2016 02:16 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I use Starbucks all the time (and another small local chain).  I also will go to Panera occasionally, but they only allow 30 mins during lunch, so they lose a lot of my business.  There are some pizza places I used and Chop'd (the salad chain).  I choose my spots between appts based on whether they have wifi.

Jul 13, 2016 01:04 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I will occasionally use a McDonalds or Panera Bread or Starbucks wifi. Otherwise I use my own data and purchase more so I have plenty and can piggyback my computers.

Jul 13, 2016 12:58 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Besides title companies where I close,  or peoples homes I know I am scared to sign on to any Wifi.

Jul 13, 2016 12:04 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Starbucks

Jul 16, 2016 07:25 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've never trusted it, so I don't use it for anything of importance.  I've found that most stores and restaurants are offering it now as well as some cities and neighborhoods.  I use my own cell service if needed, or I VPN somewhere first (although devices like the Pineapple can do a man in the middle and compromise your VPN session).

Jul 14, 2016 06:20 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
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At Tire Kingdom locations!

Jul 14, 2016 04:45 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Try wireless or order a SIM card. 

Jul 14, 2016 12:34 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I have a wireless hot spot that I carry with him.  Currently AT&T, I have used Verizon.

In a pinch, I will use Taco Bell or Panera or wherever else I can get a signal, but that is very risky.

Jul 14, 2016 12:28 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

starbucks

Jul 14, 2016 12:22 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I am fortunate to have cox hot spot in my area.

Jul 14, 2016 12:14 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I carry a Verizon Jet Pack, so I create my own Wifi everywhere I go. I never use public Wifi, except for my office.

Jul 13, 2016 11:41 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks 

Jul 13, 2016 11:27 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annie Adjchavanich Too much liability with free Wi-Fi. I use Verizon where they have identified hot spots around town or just turn on the Internet connection.

Jul 13, 2016 11:12 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Wifi is more commonly available in our neighbouring country than in our great land.

Jul 13, 2016 11:09 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

To find anything free & decent is a plus. Internet connection should be free everywhere and all the time as it is here to stay and constantly growing

Jul 13, 2016 11:08 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I'm in agreement with Tammy Lankford,  I don't use public WiFi.  Have Verizon MiFi for the laptop.  I have a large data package so never worry about overage costs.

Jul 13, 2016 10:36 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Quite frankly, have never really paid attention to this issue.

Jul 13, 2016 09:32 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Depends on your area but it seems that the millennials know.

Jul 13, 2016 05:44 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I can connect my laptop to my iphone and use it anywhere. I'm not a fan of public wifi. 

Jul 13, 2016 05:13 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm with Patricia Kennedy ..it can work!

Jul 13, 2016 12:23 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

There are several deli's and bookstores in our area with good wi-fi.

Jul 13, 2016 12:23 PM