This survey from goo Research, reported on by japan.internet.com, into vending machines and public wifi found that not just awareness, but also use was a bit higher than I might have expected.
Between the 31st of January and the 2nd of February 2012 1,074 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were male, 16.3% in their teens, 18.1% int heir twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 16.4% in their forties, 15.6% in their fifties, and 12.2% aged sixty or older.
There really is a dearth of public wifi in this country, so even if the service is like the one in San Francisco airport which requires you to watch a 30 second video (that can be fast-forwarded through) I’ll be really keen to use it, as I’m a stingy git who tries not to use his normal 3G data.
Here seems to be the home page of the provider of free wifi for Asahi vending machines, FREEMOBILE. They are a bit thin on the ground in Tokyo, non-existant in Osaka, but all over the Nagoya area.
Have any of my readers tried them out? How are they?
Q1: Do you know that there are vending machines with free wifi hotspots? (Sample size=1,074)
Know about it, and have used 8.4% Know about it, but haven’t used 28.0% Don’t know about it 63.6%
Furthermore, a surprisingly low 34.5% only wanted to see every vending machine in the country offering this service.