Where do you get free WiFi in Chandler’s Ford?
I’ve heard that Costa Coffee provides free WiFi, so I brought my iPad along.
However, unlike other places where you are just given a simple password to access the WiFi, at Costa Coffee, you are asked to register with a company called The Cloud to access the WiFi.
Too many personal details?
The details needed to use the WiFi at Costa Coffee are: your name, full address, mobile number, date of birth, gender, and email. You also need to enter your password and answer a memorable question. See images below:
Their Terms and Conditions for WiFi access are:
“You can use this service so long as you you agree that The Cloud, its group companies and selected third parties may use your information to communicate with you for marketing purposes.
To register with The Cloud service you must accept our Terms and Conditions and Privacy and Cookies notice.”
Why so many questions?
Did I go ahead and register an account to use the WiFi at Costa Coffee? No, I didn’t. I think the company asked far too many intrusive details, which I wasn’t prepared to give out.
I managed to use the opportunity to give my 13-year-old son a useful lesson about online safety and choice making. I asked him to consider these issues:
- Should I give out key details of my life in exchange for 30 minutes of free Internet access at Costa Coffee?
- Is getting connected online so important at Costa Coffee?
- Do they have to ask so many questions for customers to access their WiFi network?
- Do I want to be bombarded with marketing information by the company and its third parties in the future?
- In this digital age, is this business approach going to be popular amongst other customers?
- Do they want my business?
- Do they really like
Free WiFi in the library
Normally if I need to be connected, such as checking emails, when I’m out and about in Chandler’s Ford, I would go to the library. Some posts you read on Chandler’s Ford Today are actually edited in the Chandler’s Ford Library on a Friday afternoon. The computer and Internet connection in the library are reliable and I’m happy.
Free WiFi at Peter Green and Bay Leaves Larder
I decided to do a simple market research for this post. I headed for Bay Leaves Larder this afternoon with my son to check if Sarah Guilder provides free WiFi in her sweet little coffee shop in Hiltingbury Road. Luckily this community store has a big poster which reads:
“Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone in with you, and enjoy FREE WiFi when drinking or eating in the Bay Leaves Larder Coffee Shop.”
From Bay Leaves Larder Coffee Shop in Hiltingbury, Chandler’s Ford
This afternoon, I was given a password after paying for coffee and strawberry smoothies and was instantly connected.
In the past few weeks, I visited Peter Green furniture store with friends. Like Bay Leaves Larder, Peter Green’s Elleanor’s Tea Rooms is a friendly place, cosy and relaxing, with perfect lighting, and it also provides free WiFi with a simple password.
In both coffee shops, no personal detail is required. We paid for the drinks and we got connected. We were not “laptop-wielding ‘café conquerors’ who squat on coffee shop tables for hours”, as described in this Telegraph report. Once we stayed for a bit too long at Peter Green, my friend also bought lunch and more coffee there.
I’m surprised Costa Coffee in Chandler’s Ford sets barriers for the use of WiFi.
My husband works in the IT and I sought his opinion. He agreed with me that Costa Coffee wanted too much information and he would not be comfortable with it. Recently when my husband used WiFi in London, the only detail he had to give was his email address.
Dovetail Centre of Methodist Church
In How Methodist Church Dovetail Centre Surprises Me, you’ll find the Dovetail Centre has also provided WiFi. It also provides a free computer for the public to use. The Coffee Room in the Dovetail Centre at the Methodist Church is very welcoming.
Are there other places in Chandler’s Ford which provide free WiFi (without being too intrusive) in exchange for your custom? If you know any, please let us know and leave your comments. Thank you.
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