From posting a Facebook status to tweeting an image, Instagramming to Whatsapping coordinates — we tried all we could in the 20 minutes available to us as part of the free WiFi ­available in CP.
Signing in is an issue. But then nothing comes easy. Be prepared to see your battery charge evaporate in front of your eyes, kyunki phookti bahut hai! We tested out the connectivity in blocks A, B and C (working strong to ­average), Central Park (didn’t work), and Middle Circle (off and on).The closer you are to the router, the stronger are the chances of browsing your way to glory. While walking from one block to another, the signals go weak and surfing is troublesome. So, we advise you to spot a router and make some space for yourself in the area. The next 20 minutes are bliss.
Once the free surfing time flies away, one can ­apparently avail recharge cards priced between Rs10 - Rs50 for ­browsing for 30 minutes to three hours at retail shops in the area, but no one seems to have a clue where! On a scale of bleh to wowsome, we would rate the service at ­fairly ­awesome. Thankfully, the routers work better than neighboring Khan Market’s.
Such is the fame of the free WiFi that Dimple Choudhary, a student of Kalindi College, DU, had come to CP especially to try out the free WiFi. “I do wish the duration was longer. 20 minutes is too less,” she says. Even the old cyber huts ­provided at least 30 ­minutes of net surfing. But like Ankush Biswas, a marketing official, says, “Kuch paane ke liye kuch khona padta hai! I’d rather enjoy the few minutes of free Wifi, especially in an emergency, than have ­nothing to fall back on.”
And then, there are the ones who are looking forward to all of Delhi being in the grip of free unlimited WiFi. NDMC, we are looking at you to enjoy more ­generous 20-min-only goodness!
Photo: Arvind Yadav/HT