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It would be great to know where free, publicly accessible (municipal or otherwise) hotspots are when travelling in foreign cities. Does such a utility exist (website/app etc.)?

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I'm not sure this is on-topic but I always want such a thing more when I'm travelling than when I'm at home. (Sometimes I want it at home too). – hippietrail Aug 4 '11 at 6:40
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There are several.

Two of the biggest are:

Hope that helps!

Another trick I figured out in Kazakhstan is to search for posts about wifi - for example, I was wondering if Astana airport had free wifi, and indeed, confirmed that it did, and that it is fast! :)

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Good tip about foursquare, works with G+ too (I'm not a foursquare user) – fredley Aug 4 '11 at 15:45
You don't need to be - I just googled for foursquare and astana airport, it found it for me :) – Mark Mayo Aug 4 '11 at 16:11

FON is a community based on wifi sharing. Once you subscribe, you get free access to all other FON wifi hotspots.

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I think I found FON a lot in Japan but don't recall it anywhere else I've been lately. – hippietrail Aug 7 '11 at 8:46

There are a lot of these.

The company that I've found to be dependable is JiWire, which has both the Global Wi-Fi Finder and the Wi-Fi ZONE Finder. Several other services use theirs as a back-end.

Some others:

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