If you’re a busy traveler, a blogger, or even a Hong Kong resident who wants fast and free Wi-Fi connection, you won’t be disappointed. When it comes to the world’s fastest internet speeds, Hong Kong placed third on the Q1 list released by Akamai. In terms of average peak connection speed, the nation placed second after Singapore at 92.6 Mbits/sec.
Once in Hong Kong, this list rounds up the top options to get connected to the world wide web.
Hong Kong has a vibrant coffee scene where hot coffee and good food meet—and of course, fast internet connection. According to this lifestyle website, Wired Café offers free Wi-Fi and workspace. In addition to that, it has a great ambiance and a menu that offers Western and Japanese fusion food and of course, unlimited coffee for HKD90. It has a picturesque view of Causeway Bay as well.
Think Café is also a good place in Causeway bay for free Wi-Fi. For HKD60, you fill yourself with as much coffee, water, and tea as you want within three hours. It has huge tables partnered with comfortable chairs and spacious open areas. More importantly, it is littered with sockets so you can charge your devices and loads of spaces if you need it for a large project or group meetings. Another upside? Bringing your own food is allowed.
Need to send an important email on-the-go? Hong Kong’s reliable Mass Transit Railway (MTR) offers free Wi-Fi connection. However, the service is only good for 15 minutes, so this is best suited if you need to make a quick reply to an email or answer to an important video conference call.
GovWiFi is part of the Hong Kong government’s initiatives under the 2008 Digital 21 strategy. It aims to make the city into a wireless city. In line with this, Wi-Fi facilities were installed in designated government premises, including public libraries.
Libraries in Hong Kong are also very generous with their workspaces. Stations include numerous power plugs so you can spend the rest of the day there to get things done. Public libraries which offer free Wi-Fi hotspots and are close to urban hotels include Tsim Sha Tsui Public Library, Yau Ma Tei Public Library, City Hall Public Library, Shek Tong Tsui Public Library, and the Hong Kong Central Library.
Airbnb apartment or house
Of course, most travelers expect to connect to the internet once they go back to their lodging. Most hotels provide excellent Wi-Fi service. If you’re planning to stay in an Airbnb accommodation, you might want to check its Wi-Fi availability before you book. Another option is to buy a local SIM card from the airport or stores of cellular service providers. Look up the data charges (or promos!) and subscribe.
Ask your landlord or landlady for a network extender, like the one from 5BARz International (OTC: BARZ). If you have one, bring it to your trip since it’s small and portable.The plug-and-play device strengthens signals and supports multiple bands from 2G to LTE so your mobile data will not be wasted on slow and sluggish connection. Then, once you enable the mobile data, your phone can even serve as a hotspot for your mobile devices.
Bonus: Co-working spaces
While co-working spaces aren’t exactly free, they’re definitely quality Wi-Fi hotspots, with most establishments offering many perks and freebies for your payment. Due to the limited space and the massive prices of precious real estate in Hong Kong, co-working spaces are a big hit with cash-strapped entrepreneurs and business travelers.
As with any office, co-working spaces deliver all the things you need as if you were in an actual office. That includes Wi-Fi. CoCoon is one of the most recommended co-working spaces in Hong Kong. It’s a 14,000-square foot space that has an “incubation program” for those who pass the application stage. Another co-working space worth checking out is The Hive which has three locations. Its space features cool decor, overflowing tea and coffee, meeting room and storage space.
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