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Do coffee shops or similar in Reykjavik have free wifi? I'll be traveling there with friends and want to be able to report in that we're alive after the hike. I don't really want to use GSM internet for this as I have a CDMA only phone and don't want to have to purchase a different phone just for this purpose.

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Would internet-cafés be an acceptable solution? –  gerrit Jul 15 '13 at 11:05

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There are many cafés and other access points in downtown Reykjavik that offer free wifi (list list, map), as well as a number of Vodafone hotspots which as far as I can tell are free to everyone, not just Vodafone customers. Coverage is more sporadic elsewhere in Iceland.

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That´s correct, you can find free wifi nearly everywhere in Iceland. If you leave the capital city for the countryside, I would advice you to get a hotspot device. This is really convenient to be able to search for some places, highlights or find the phone number of a guesthouse or campsite. This is quite cheap and the coverage is good (a bit less in the Interior of the island).

You can either contact the phone company, such as Vodafone, or rent a device with 4GB data at www.iceland-camping-equipment.com. I´ve found this awesome to be in the middle of nowhere and be able to able to stay connected.

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what you call a "hotspot device" is a WiFi receiver like computer, tablet, phone, right? In your second paragraph, you are mentioning renting a device using the cell phone network, also right? Just to make sure these are 2 different things. –  Vince Dec 3 '13 at 17:50
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@Vince, nope. A hotspot device is a device, about the size of your palm, that communicates on both 3G/GSM mobile signals and Wifi, allowing your laptop/tablet/phone to connect to the hotspot device using wifi, then to the Internet over 3G/GSM. They look like this (mashable.com/2013/08/28/best-mifi-hotspots). –  Sam Dec 4 '13 at 0:16
    
Also, FYI, Vodafone Iceland (vodafone.is) got hacked a day or so ago so their website is currently inaccessible, for me anyway. –  Sam Dec 4 '13 at 0:16
    
Thanks for clarification. Btw I didn't know these were available for rent, pretty cool feature. –  Vince Dec 4 '13 at 9:02

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