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7 Free Commute Friendly Apps That Don’t Require Data

Whether you're on a bus, a plane or a subway, you can always anticipate that connectivity may be a problem. And even if your data connection is fine, there is still the fear of exceeding your monthly data usage, on top of the always-creeping anxiety that an emergency may occur during the worst possible time—like your commute.

Luckily for us, there are a handful of apps out there that can bring some excitement to your commute, with or without a wireless connection.

Here are 7 free apps that work off the grid so that you don’t have to.

  1. Spotify / iOS, Android

With the offline tool, Spotify allows all customers with an active subscription to play all their favorite tunes, without the need of a data connection. Here’s how:

When connected to WiFi, go to your music library and click on the Download switch at the top of the page, located right under the Image result for spotifyShuffle Play tool. Make sure the switch turns completely green.

Once you’ve turned on that switch, in a matter of seconds, all of your music should now appear with a small green, downwards pointing arrow, indicating that you have successfully downloaded all of you music. Now you can listen to all your favorite artists without the hassle of needing good connectivity!

  1. CityMaps2Go & Google Maps / iOS, Android

CityMaps2Go and Google Maps are your ultimate go-to apps for any kind of map directory assistance. Even if you're offline, these two apps enable you to plan ahead. You can download all the mapsImage result for citymaps2go of cities, provinces or villages that you may need to arrive at your final destination, all at just the tap of a button.

Heading somewhere obscure? No problem. Both CityMaps2Go and Google Maps have over thousands of directories to choose from!

  1. Google Drive / iOS, Android

Itching to put those finishing touches on that memo you've been working on? Need to start brainstorming for your next presentation? Then this app is sure to make your life that much easier.

When connected to WiFi at home, select a document from your Drive, tap the ellipses in the pop-up menu, and select Available offline. Google Drive will save the changes you’ve made locally andImage result for podcasts then sync them to your cloud once you’ve regained connectivity!

  1. Podcasts (iOS)

This free app allows you to fill in those boring moments on the subway with audio from all your favorite podcasts anytime, any place. From comedic offerings to local news, drama series and everything else in between, this app offers a plethora of podcasts that will soon make your daily commute something to look forward to. Simply download all your podcast when you're connected to WiFi, and then embark on your trip, now armed with hours of non-stop entertainment.

  1. Instapaper or Pocket / iOS, AndroidImage result for pocket

If you're the kind of person who loves to stay up-to-date on all the big headlines and breaking news, Instapaper and Pocket are the perfect apps for you. When planning ahead, simply click a “bookmarklet” in your open browser, and both apps will automatically save all those juicy long reads for offline devouring.

  1. Cut The Rope / iOS, Android

After a long day at work or class, make sure to ease your mind by playing a fun, yet extremely addictive game like Cut The Rope! Brought to you by the same company that invented the iconic Image result for cut the ropeAngry Birds, Cut The Rope is a pretty perplexing puzzle game that keeps you glued to your screen with its vibrant and colorful cartoon illustrations. Try it out for yourself. You may be able to post an impressive high score!

  1. Free WiFi Finder / iOS, Android

In our ever-so-connected world, sometimes there are emergencies that really do require decent connectivity. Luckily, the Free WiFi Finder, available for both Android and iOS, will help you pinpoint the nearest hot spot during those emergency situations.

It even has service in more than 50 countries around the world! Now that’s definitely a tool you want to keep in your pocket.

 

Free Wi-Fi Coming to 150 LA Metro Buses

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Commuters will soon be able to surf the internet at no charge as they cruise around Los Angeles. As part of a new pilot program, 150 Metro buses will be outfitted with free wireless capability in the coming weeks. Talk about connection in motion.

The buses with WiFi will be randomly assigned to various routes throughout the Metro system. Buses with wireless service will be marked with green decals to show riders they can connect to the internet once they embark.

Onboard wireless service will save passengers data and offer a potentially better internet connection than their cell Bus Journeyservice provider.

Metro customers can access the WiFi after boarding the bus by connecting to the network “Free Metro WiFi.” The service is free to all travelers and there is no limit on time usage.

The WiFi will have a speed equivalent to 4G LTE, which is good for basic web surfing but won’t allow large downloads like movies.

Free Metro WiFi sends users to a landing page with a trio of features:

  • A map with improved real-time arrival times and service alerts
  • A chat function that lets users contact Metro Customer Relations staff with any questions about Metro service
  • A red button that allows users to alert Metro security 24/7

Another 150 buses will be outfitted with WiFi later this year. All new buses added to the 2,200 Metro vehicle fleet will be wired for WiFi connectivity. Within the next few years the entire bus network will offer internet access.

WiFi availability on transit keeps passengers connected with an enhanced experience. They can read and reply to emails, catch up on news, check social media networks and do more on-the-go browsing, all at no cost. The technology helps modernize the commute mode, creating an attractive alternative to driving, in addition to public transportation’s other benefits.

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Does WiFi availability boost public transit ridership?

How often do you find yourself browsing the web on your mobile device, instagramming or tweeting about your commute to campus while travelling on public transit?

With the growing use of mobile devices, it is believed that WiFi availability on public transit could encourage the growth of ridership. As one of the best cities for public transportation in U.S., providing WiFi service might attract more people to take advantage of the well-established public transit network in LA to commute to work.

Do you like the idea of WiFi accessibility on public transit?