10 Feb '12, 3am

Only in Japan, can you get free Wi-Fi from a vending machine

TOKYO - New high-tech vending machines offering free Wi-Fi hot spots in addition to selling soft drinks are to be installed across Japan. Asahi Soft Drinks is setting up 1,000 new vending machines in five regions around Japan this month, with a goal of expanding the number to 10,000 within five years. The vending machines are fitted with technology enabling smartphone users who are standing within a 50m-radius to enjoy free access to the Internet. Users will not need passwords or payment to access the Wi-Fi and will be able to enjoy uninterrupted Internet access for 30 minutes sessions at a time. Japan is home to the world's highest concentration of vending machines, with as many as one for every 24 people across the country, according to the Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers' Association. The nation's vending machines - which mostly sell hot and cold drinks - are not on...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120210-0000039/Japane...

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