Now the WiFi / wireless connection is quite common in busy area of KK city (except Wisma Merdeka, very lousy coverage). Whenever I turn on my laptop, I will get a list of available hotspots to choose to connect to. Some of them are free service provided by restaurants and shops (especially Fast Food and Coffee Shop). All you need to do is to buy something from them and ask for the network key (password) to connect. Of course, if your face is thick enough (like me), you can ask for the key without buying anything.
At first it was a pain to get help from the waiter / waitress. Usually it went liked this:
Smoke Head: “Hi! Do you have any hotspot here?”
Waiter: “HUH?! A hot pot of coffee?”
Smoke Head: “I mean WiFi.”
Waiter: “Oh… Hi-Fi. Yes, we do. Anything wrong with our music?”
Smoke Head: “Nolah! I am saying the wireless connection.”
Waiter: “I don’t know what coffee it is. But sir, would you like to try other coffee? We have… blah, blah, blah…”
Smoke Head (hampir merajuk already): “Do you have network connection? StreamyX? Broadband? Modem…”
Waiter (confused face): “???……. We only sell cake and coffee..”
Smoke Head: “Do you have _INTERNET_ here?”
Waiter (eyes sparkling): “OH YES, YES… Of course we do!”
(Not done yet. Waiter A will ask B, B will ask C… until one can help)
BINGO! The right word to use is “Internet”. Don’t laugh. This was what really happened. Those waiters always have problem to help the laptop users. There is more than once the waiters come to me and ask me to help other customers (or other users come and bug me). I don’t mind helping others. But please-lah, the boss should arrange a short briefing to teach the waiters how to help the computer users.
These hotspots are usually installed by TM. As we know, anything has relationship with TM.Net sucks. 3 out of every 10 times, I would experience connection problem and it could last for a few days. I am smarter now. Before I order any coffee, I will turn on my computer and make sure the WiFi is working. If the line is down, I will pack my laptop and move to other hotspot.
There are more and more free hotspots (which require no stupid TM reload card) in KK. The free hotspots that I have tried so far are:
|City / Town||Place||Type|
|Kota Kinabalu||Coffee Bean, Damai||Coffee Shop|
|Kota Kinabalu||Coffee Bean, Wisma Merdeka||Coffee Shop|
|Kota Kinabalu||KFC, Karamunsing||Fast Food|
|Kota Kinabalu||Pizza Ria, Damai||Restaurant|
|Kota Kinabalu||McDonald, Centre Point Sabah||Fast Food|
|Kota Kinabalu||STAR Hotel, Tanjung Aru||Hotel|
|Kota Kinabalu||StarBuck, Centre Point Sabah||Coffee Shop|
|Kota Kinabalu||YesterYear, Damai||Restaurant|
If you know other FREE hotspots, please feel free to add it here.