Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wifi at airports

Was travelling to different places in India in the past few days and it has been a good time to respond to all emails using offline Gmail, read the literature and even upload papers ! I used to dislike carrying my old laptop (Compaq laptop bought in 2002 for Rs. 29,999) because of its weight but, last year, I bought the Samsung NC-10. With Windows XP, office 2000, sumatra pdf viewer, 7-Zip and google chrome as the only softwares loaded with 2 GB ram, the computer is fast and I routinely get 7 hours of battery life with the Wifi on and the screen brightness set at low.

It is nice to see free Wireless (wifi) connections in many airports. In the Bangalore international airport (BIAL), you have to send a SMS to 56677 to BIAL and you get a password. You can then login with that password. It is valid for one hour. If you run out, like I did because the flight was delayed, you send the SMS again and you get another password. In the Hyderabad airport, Tata indicom provides you free wifi for 45 minutes. You just open your browser and the tata indicom site opens with a form. You fill up the form with your mobile number and they send you a SMS with the username and password. Other airports follow a similar procedure. Airtel provides you with free wifi in the airport terminal 1D in the Delhi airport. There is no wifi in Pune or the Mumbai airport.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info.useful infromation for the traveller