Shaw Cable has launched the trial of its WiFi network today, a project announced back in September. Starting today, existing Shaw customers will be able to test out the new service at various locations, such as malls, restaurants and exercise facilities in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton to start. The debut of the service is Spring of 2012 and hundreds more access points are soon to come to areas such as parks and public transportation areas. The company previously had planned to implement its own wireless cell service by 2014, but those plans were ditched.
“Canadians’ use of smart phones and tablet devices has grown exponentially over the years and more than ever, consumers are relying on data to explore the Internet, connect with loved ones and enjoy entertainment,” said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. “With Shaw WiFi, customers will have access to their exceptional Broadband Internet service beyond the home.”
Up to eight devices can be authenticated under one Shaw account and password. Once you authenticate your device with Shaw once, the next time you enter that WiFi zone you’ll be automatically connected. For Shaw customers with iPhones and limited data plans, this new WiFi service will extend your usage. Data used will not be taken from your account’s monthly data bucket.
Here’s how to access a Shaw WiFi access point:
1. Select “ShawOpen” or “ShawSecure” (for a secure connection). Enter the passphrase ‘shawwifi’.
2. Open your web browser. You will be redirected to the Shaw WiFi Trial sign in page.
3. Sign in using your @shaw.ca email address and password.
Locations of where trial access points can be seen by visiting http://shaw.ca/wifi/. Who’s interested in using this free service from Shaw?