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Article • February 10, 2010

Cafe Society

A Guide To Cafes With Free WiFi (And Plenty Of Plugs)

Until the dream of universal free wireless is realized those who want to get online at shops that serve six-dollar mocha lattes can either pay for access or hope to piggyback on an open network.

Or they can use a new site and app called Laptopfriendlycafes.

As the name implies, it’s a guide to coffee shops that have free Internet access (though they also take into account the number of power outlets and 3G reception).

At the moment they’re just north of 300 coffee shops in North America, the UK and Australia. The list is not huge, but that’s because it only has cafés they or their readers have first hand experience with.

You can search by city or postal code (or choose from a roster of cities on their home page).

The iPhone app detects your location to automatically to find the nearest free wifi and power-ready laptop friendly café.  (And it will show you on a map, and provide directions).

What it won’t do is tell you which cafes are full of unemployed people “working on their screenplays.”