Mumbai Central station is a major railway station that serves as a major stop for both local and inter-city/express trains connecting various destinations mostly across states in the northern, eastern and north-eastern parts of India. Such a busy stopover point often means passengers have to do some waiting around. What Google has done is set up free, high-speed Wi-Fi in the station, so those passing through can be productive or have fun without limits.
Google says that passengers will be able to send and receive emails, download games and stream HD video on their smartphones, tablets and notebooks completely free of charge. Also, to preserve quality of service for everyone, there will be a slight drop in speed after the first hour of usage. This initiative will be replicated in 100 train stations across India. Stations at Allahabad, Jaipur, Patna and Ranchi are next on the line.
Passengers stopping over at Mumbai should search for ‘RailWire Wi-Fi’ network in their Wi-Fi settings, select it and follow the process to setup.
- Open railwire.co.in in your browser’s address bar
- Enter your Indian mobile number and press “Receive SMS”
- You will receive an SMS with a 4-digit OTP. Enter itin the Wi-Fi login and press “Done”.
- You will see a green check mark and a message that says you’re online. Now, you can browse.
As you can see from the login procedure, an Indian mobile number is required to get an access code for your device. The days of the mobile number as a means of identification and authentication are here already. Anyway, if you don’t have any business at Mumbai Central Station, you must be green with envy right now.
Thanks to EyeBeeKay for the tip-off!