With a smartphone, individuals are connected to the rest of the world no matter where they happen to be. However, if individuals are in another country or continent, their phone can become their worst enemy when they forget to turn off its data roaming feature. Without taking this precautionary step, travelers could rack up anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars in charges while doing something as harmless as driving in Portugal.
Fortunately, there are ways for smartphone owners to avoid receiving a massive bill when they return home. One solution is to download JiWire Inc.'s Free Wi-Fi Finder app. Whether travelers have an Apple product or an Android phone, they can easily install this program on their device at no cost at all.
Once their phone is equipped with this app, they will know exactly where to go to check their email, Facebook, Twitter or favorite news websites without wasting money. In terms of a search program, JiWire's product is pretty good. The app has the ability to locate more than 145,000 different locations around the world where people can access free Wi-Fi.
When the app is up and running, all travelers have to do is type in their current address. The program will conduct a search and display a map of the local area, complete with all of the nearest free Wi-Fi locations. If smartphone users are a little picky about the type of establishment they will visit to check their email, they can always filter their search by venue type.
Simple icons appear beside each Wi-Fi option. If a fork and knife appear beside the name of a location, it means it's an eatery. A book appears before libraries and a price tag signifies a store.
Ultimately, if individuals spend a lot of time visiting different countries, this app can be very useful. The fact that this free program is very easy to use makes it a must-have for any smartphone. All travelers have to do is start the app while they drive through Faro. That sure beats roaming the streets of Portugal aimlessly in search of a coffee shop, library or any other establishment that will let them tap into their Wi-Fi.