The Best Wireless Internet Services in Hawaii
By Desi Crall
Wireless Internet service in Hawaii is available from a number of different companies, most of which are local service providers. Some wireless Internet services are available through Wi-Fi hot spots, while others use broadband technology to get an Internet connection. Wireless Internet options are mostly found on the main Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. They generally require a fee for access.
ShakaNet is a Honolulu, Oahu company that provides wireless Internet access at various locations throughout the Hawaiian islands such as hotels, restaurants, airports and some tourist attractions. ShakaNet also contracts with local businesses to provide Internet kiosks in some locations. Service is available for travelers who want short term Internet connectivity for daily or weekly rates. The convenience, cost, and reliability of the ShakaNet service places this company at the top of the list of best wireless Internet services in Hawaii.
ShakaNet, Inc. 300 Rodgers Blvd. Suite 27 Honolulu, HI 96819 866-742-5263 shaka.net
Hele is a wireless Internet service provided by Mobi PCS, a Hawaii-based mobile phone company. Hele is accessible to Mobi customers and requires the use of a USB or express card modem that connects to a laptop, desktop or netbook computer. Devices are available for those who want to create a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot for family and friends. Hele coverage is available on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. The coverage area, device options and price for service keep Hele high on the list of best wireless Internet providers in the state.
Mobi PCS Customer Service 733 Bishop Street, Suite 1200 Honolulu, HI 96813 808-723-1111 mobipcs.com/hele
Road Runner, a part of Oceanic Time Warner Cable, offers 4G wireless Internet connectivity. Road Runner Speed Zone is available in various locations throughout the Hawaiian islands, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. This service is free for current Road Runner customers, and login requires a Road Runner email and password. Road Runner Speed Zone is an affordable service that is convenient for current Oceanic Time Warner Cable customers traveling to or living in Hawaii.
Oceanic Time Warner Cable 200 Akamainui St. Mililani, HI 96789
CLEAR provides wireless Internet solutions to customers on numerous islands including Oahu and Maui, with services on neighboring islands to follow as the coverage area expands. Consumers can obtain CLEAR by ordering service and equipment from the company and downloading the necessary software and drivers. CLEAR wireless Internet requires a portable USB modem for laptops and netbooks. Internet connection is accessible wherever there is CLEAR coverage, which includes most areas of larger cities on Oahu and Maui. Low prices and authorized dealers in convenient locations such as Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu make CLEAR a good wireless Internet option.
The Clearwire Store 745 Keeaumoku St. Honolulu, HI 96814 808-354-0297 clear.com
Desi Crall has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University Sacramento, and is currently a graduate student of Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix. Desi has worked as a freelance writer for three years, with articles and blogs appearing on sites such as Examiner.com, Today.com, and BrightHub.com.