Travelling is always an interesting time. For me, one of the perspectives I keep an eye on is technology use in other contexts.
Here in China, it seems that everyone has a cell phone, and some have smart phones. It appears that at least basic connectivity is deemed an important need. As a traveller of course you need to have an eagle eye (or an internal beacon) for free wifi opportunities. In conversation with tour guides, I believe that the cellular network is massive and quite robust. Three major telco’s dominant the market, and I will write more on this in a upcoming blog post. Wifi, and make that free wifi, is not readily available like it is in North America. Yes, hotel lobbies etc. but not necessarily in retail places.
I did come across a Starbucks in Beijing and HAD to check out the wifi. Of course, I have to admit to wanting a coffee too. While the venue offered free wifi access, the actual process to get access is controlled. In order to gain access, you must enter a mobile phone number and you are texted an access code. This process is oriented to cellular devices, not so handy for wifi only devices.
… you may prefer the translated version:
This verification approach seems to be used by a variety to vendors. So, no free wifi for my iPad on this attempt. Watch for my next connectivity update.