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German train stations offer 30 minutes free Wi-Fi per day

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Train travel in Germany now has a bonus: limited free Wi-Fi at 105 train stations, including Frankfurt Airport, Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart.

Train stations with Wi-Fi — or in German “WLAN” — are offering daily free access to the Internet for 30 minutes, the German railway, Deutsche Bahn, announced this week.

Those who want to surf longer than 30 minutes need to sign up for HotSpot access through Deutsche Telekom: The website is in German.

To access the free Wi-Fi at participating train stations, choose “Telekom” and click “Verbinden” — Connect. Launch your browser and enter a web address. The hotspot portal will appear and ask for your cellphone (“Handy”) number. You’ll then be sent an SMS with an access code (“Zugangscode”), according to the German train system website: bahn.de/wlan.

Enter the code in the Hotspot portal and surf away.

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