SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Just in time for the Fourth of July holiday, which will bring tens of thousands of people to town, San Diegans and visitors can take advantage of free, unlimited WiFi.
The city teamed up with Cox Communications to make it happen after successfully providing free WiFi during last year's Comic-Con.
Cox has over 6,000 hotspots in the county, and the company will be opening up about 1,000 hotspots throughout the county for free access from June 30 to July 6. They'll also open WiFi from July 17-24 for this year's Comic-Con, including hotspots in the Gaslamp Quarter, East Village and Little Italy.
It's a convenience provided to the city at no cost because of its partnership with Cox.
"We have a lot of out-of-town visitors, and when they're on their mobile devices posting and showing their friends and family what a good time they're having, it's basically free advertising for us," said city spokesman Jose Ysea.
To get the best service, Cox recommends users getting within 200 feet of a hotspot. Many downtown hotspots are on light poles or decorative black poles.
You can also find exact hotspot locations at www.cox.com/hotspots .
While Cox says they can't open up the WiFi for free year-round, it is available to customers with Preferred and other premier packages.
As far as security goes, Cox says say anytime you connect to a hotspot you're taking a risk. Make sure it's a legitimate connection; Cox's free WiFi will say "FreeCoxWiFi."
Cox recommends avoiding tasks like signing into your bank account and not saving passwords.