Traveling through or exploring Germany by train? Then, Deutsche Bahn, the state own railroad, has some good news. As announced today, customers and visitors of their train stations can use from now 30 minutes of free WiFi - each day. Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom have now equipped more than 100 stations nationwide with WiFi which can be either used with Deutsche Telekom HotSpot credentials, or free of charge. As said in the press release, in recent years, the use of WiFi hotspots at train stations has risen by an average of 20 %. After 75 stations have been equipped with hotspots last year, Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom are now offering WiFi hotspots at 105 train stations.
The Deutsche Telekom hotspots are said to cover large parts of public areas in the stations, particularly in the area of public telephones. At many stations, the waiting areas are also included. In addition to the major train stations, also medium-sized and some heavily used train stations are now WiFi equipped.
To use the free WiFi at the train station, customers and visitors need a mobile phone for authentication:
- Enable WiFi on the device and search for available networks
- Select ""Telekom" and connect
- Start a web browser on the device and enter any web address; this will redirect then to Deutsche Telekom's HotSpot portal
- Enter your mobile phone number (all national and international mobile numbers are accepted)
- Receive the access code via SMS on mobile phone
- Enter the access code on the HotSpot portal
- Get 30 minutes of free WiFi access
After the 30 free minutes customers are automatically disconnected. This means the service can't be used at the starting and arrival point at the same day but for sure it's possible to use different mobile phone numbers to get further 30 minutes of free WiFi.
Anyhow, even if the serivce is limited to 30 minutes, it's a great offer, especially for international tourists and business travelers, to avoid international roaming charges.
Cheers ~ Arne