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WiFi Free

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No matter how robust a data plan you have on your phone, it's still probably limited and slower than Wi-Fi. It pays to do most of your downloading on your home's connection or on free hot spots. WiFi Free will help you find dozens of free places to connect, but it's nowhere near as seamless as other apps. It takes too long to set up and has a very simple layout.

When you install this supposedly free app, you'll be stuck either paying 99 cents or connecting it with your Foursquare account. If you don't have a Foursquare account, that means you have to set up an account before you can even get started. Once you do, you're still stuck seeing ads (though the paid version erases them). However, hot spots are shown with Foursquare tips and you can share new finds right from the app. That's really the only thing there is to like about WiFi Free's crummy layout, though. It presents hot spots as a boring list with icons that indicate what kind of business each one is -- restaurant, coffee shop, etc. There's also a not-very-interactive map you can check out, too. Hilariously, because it feeds results from Foursquare, you'll see private residences listed in with the businesses.

It's certainly a useful app that delivers on its name. You will find a dozen hot spots nearby and you might even find a new favorite watering hole or burger joint. However, the annoyingly long setup and uninspired interface drag the app down. Foursquare users will love that they can check in right from WiFi Free, but everyone else might enjoy one of the many competing apps more.

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