Facebook will help you find free Wi-Fi
Social network will share details on businesses offering connectivity
Facebook's Find Wi-Fi feature is to be rolled out to users around the world. Until now, it has only been available in a few select countries.
The service enables users of the social network to find Wi-Fi hotspots that businesses have shared with Facebook on their page.
Users can find Wi-Fi hotspots by opening their Facebook app, clicking on the "More" tab and then "Find Wi-Fi." With Wi-Fi enabled on a device, users can then browse the closest available hotspots on a map, and learn more about the businesses hosting them.
"We launched Find Wi-Fi in a handful of countries last year and found it's not only helpful for people who are travelling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce," said Alex Himel, engineering director at Facebook, in a blog post.
The service will help Facebook increase the amount of time its two billion users spend on the app. For businesses to take part, they need to claim a Wi-Fi network by editing the Page Info of their Facebook business page. Facebook recently started asking businesses to update their info to include details of Wi-Fi hotspots at their physical addresses.
The feature is now available worldwide in Facebook apps for both Android and the iOS. It is the latest project by the company to increase internet connectivity and thus more use of the popular network. It has also been working on an undersea cable in the Pacific Ocean and drones to provide internet connectivity in remote areas. The drone, called Aquila, recently completed a test flight in Arizona.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that when this is ready, "it will be a fleet of solar-powered planes that will beam internet connectivity across the world".
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