Oliver Smith, The Daily Telegraph, April 29, 2014
Canada this week announced plans to install Wi-Fi hotspots at 20 remote locations in its national parks . Here are some more surprising places where you can post a selfie.
Thanks to Ncell, a Nepalese telecommunications firm, climbers tackling the world's highest mountain will find several hotspots en route, with the last one at Everest Base Camp (17,598ft). Perfect for Base Camp selfies.
VirginGalactic, when it finally takes off, will see dozens of wealthy people fork out $250,000 each to fly to the edge of space. Once there, one imagines they will be very keen to share their "curvature of the Earth selfies", and may have the chance to do so. SpaceShipTwo will have Wi-Fi access, according to reports.
Tube stations and black cabs
Wi-Fi can be found at 137 London Underground stations, and is free to Virgin Media customers, as well as those with EE, T-Mobile, Orange, Vodafone and O2 contracts. CabWifi, meanwhile, by EyeTeaseMedia, allows taxi drivers in the capital to offer access to passengers.
Public Wi-Fi is available at hundreds of beaches around the world, including Brighton, Scarborough, Portrush Strand, Salcombe and Newquay in Britain . Others include Cala Major, Cala Estancia and Ciudad Jardin in Majorca; North Avenue, Osterman/Hollywood, Montrose, Foster and Rainbow beaches in Chicago; and West Palm, Clearwater and St. Petersburg beaches in Florida.
Oak Grove Cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky, has had its own free WiFi hotspot for several years. "It does sound strange to have a hotspot at a cemetery," a spokesman admitted when it was launched. "But the purpose behind it makes sense." It is to help visitors with genealogy research.
Residents of Moscow can access Wi-Fi using dozens of phone booths around the city, so long as they have a pre-paid phone card and SMS authorisation. In New York, a similar service was trailled in 2012 using 10 phone booths. Users must enter the booth for gain access, but once activated, they can move up to 150 feet away.
Florence's Loggia dei Lanzi sculpture gallery
As Donald Strachan points out in his guide to the world's most connected cities, Florence offers free access at a network of hotspots run by the city, including the Loggia dei Lanzi outdoor sculpture gallery, surely one of the world's most handsome Wi-Fi zones.
The North Pole
Back in 2005, a pair of Intel employees set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in, ironically, one of the world's coldest places, at the Barneo ice camp, just 80km from the North Pole.