I never knew I would be so dependent on internet until I had to go without it for days! I don't see myself as a internet addict, but my need for internet grows when I'm traveling because:
1) Apps like Whatsapp and Line means I can communicate with love ones and friends whenever I want.
2) When in meetings I often need to retrieve documents online or Google. (raise your hand if you always walk into meetings fully prepared- I need to know your secret to success!)
3) I need some online entertainment to relieve stress caused by being separated from boyfriend and being stuck in long meetings.
4) I can get help immediately in case of emergency.
If you are anything like me, my advice is to either bring/rent a pocket WiFi, or get a prepaid SIM card with limitless data when you travel to another country. It's best not to rely on free WiFi, even though the coverage might be great, some WiFi requires passwords or log in authentication and it can become a pain if you have to log in again and again when you're on the move. I know, I've been there.
Internet and call service (prepaid SIM cards)
ChungHwa Telecom Store
WiFi, free or not
If you still decide not to spend money on something that will make your trip comfy even though I rattled on for three paragraphs, there are still ways for you to get internet access. If your in Taipei, you can register with Taipei Free Public WiFi, granted the coverage won't be as good as ChungHwa's, but it's still pretty decent. Its hot spots are in all MRT stations and Municipal buildings, so try to stay close to those places. If you are not in Taipei, look for free WiFi provided by cafes or public facilities. Some chain restaurants like MOS, McDonalds or Starbucks provide WiFi, but they cost a certain fee and is NOT free with purchase. Another option is internet cafes (網咖), they offer internet access at a reasonable price along with other services (comfy sofas anyone?).
If somehow you can even afford a call from public phone, look for police stations, I'm sure they will be happy to help out!
Do you have any tricks for getting internet access? Share!