Freedom Mobile has launched an app that helps direct its customers to exclusive Wi-Fi hotspots. Dubbed Freedom Wi-Fi, the app is available on both iOS and Android. It displays Wi-Fi hotspots and Freedom Mobile retail locations on a map. Users can also use the app to get directions to those stores, find address information and register their smartphone to connect automatically to Wi-Fi hotspots.
The app seems closely tied to a similar initiative from Shaw, Freedom Mobile’s parent company. The copy in the App Store and Google Play for Freedom Wi-Fi even closely mirrors the copy for Shaw Go Wi-Fi Finder.
“With Freedom Wi-Fi you have access to over 65,000 hotspots across Western Canada,” states the app page for Freedom Wi-Fi. However, the app itself currently shows only 22 hotspots in the Greater Toronto Area. It would make sense, however, if Freedom Mobile customers got access to Shaw Wi-Fi hotspots in Western Canada when roaming outside of Ontario, considering how the two brands are connected.
Update 12/08/16: Freedom Mobile announced that its new Wi-Fi service connects customers to over 65,000 Shaw Go Wi-Fi hotspots across Western Canada. However, the carrier also states that it is only offering a “free trial” of this service to its customers that will last until March 31, 2017.
“Freedom Wi-Fi leverages the expanse and power of the country’s largest Wi-Fi network, Shaw Go WiFi, to provide our customers with even greater value,” said Freedom Mobile CEO Alek Krstajic in a press statement.
“Along with the launch of our LTE network, this is giving our customers the freedom to connect and communicate.”