Indian Railways: Here's how to use free Wi-Fi at stations
The service, being offered through RailWire, the retail broadband initiative of RailTel, aims to connect as many as 4,791 stations to Wi-Fi throughout India.
Here's how you can use free Wi-Fi service at stations.
Public response to the service
The free Wi-Fi service by Railways is receiving tremendous public response. By February 2019, the total number of unique Wi-Fi users was computed to be more than 11 million, and the total aggregated data consumption exceeded a whopping 9,000 TB.
How to use the service
All users with a smartphone and a working mobile connection can access the RailWire Wi-Fi at railway stations throughout country.
Once you are at a Wi-Fi enabled railway station: First, go to your device's Wi-Fi Settings, then select 'RailWire' network.
Next, open 'Railwire.co.in' on your browser, enter your phone number, and click on 'Receive SMS.' Now, enter the received 4-digit OTP code. Press 'Done'.
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Free Wi-Fi at stations is helping people in unexpected ways
Ever since the free Wi-Fi service by Indian Railways was started, many heart-touching stories around the change brought about by it, have surfaced.
For instance, a Kerala coolie cleared Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) by studying at the station using Wi-Fi service.
In another case, a lady auto driver visited the nearby railway station to download educational content for her school-going son.