WiFi Map facts for kids
|Original author(s)||Igor Goldenberg, Dzmitry Plashchynski, Denis Sklyarov|
|Developer(s)||WiFi Map LLC|
|Operating system||Android, iOS|
|Size||68 MB (Android)
96.1 MB (iOS)
|Available in||English, Russian|
|Alexa rank||371,804 (Global, February 2020[update])|
WiFi Map is a multifunctional utility and travel application that allows users to find free wifi hotspots for fast and secure internet connection. The app offers ability to purchase VPN access as well as eSim data plans on eligible iOS devices. WiFi Map company also offers access to its database for other developers via API/SDK integrations. WiFi Maps database includes millions of hotspots that were added via means crowdsource, thanks to the efforts of its extensive worldwide user base and business venues. The app has been downloaded more than 100 million times and has millions of monthly active users.
WiFi Map LLC has been registered as a Delaware LLC, in May 2014. Company founders Denis Sklyarov, Igor Goldenberg, Dzmitry Plashchynski and Kirill Kudin (Kudin subsequently left the company in 2015).
In 2009, Kenlo Group LTD was formed as an Israeli outsource company concentrating on building applications on a newly introduced iOS. This expanded into the development of building its own product lines that consisted of consumer applications in gaming and later utilities verticals.
In 2012, an idea was created that would “Empower People Worldwide with Free Internet Access”. From this initial goal, the Kenlo Group entered into a joint venture with a partner team from Belarus to build the WiFi Map product.
In 2014 WiFi Map Delaware Based LLC was formed.
The WiFi Map app was built as a direct response to the problem of finding reliable internet when traveling. This prompted the development of the app to find internet hotspots even in the most remote places, online and offline.
The other competing apps in the market include WiFi Master Key (who are said to have 230 million active users in China), and Mandic MagiC (focused primarily on Brazilian and Latin American users), 2019 Use Case by WBA (Wireless Broadband Alliance).
In November 2017, CNN included the WiFi Map app in the top 15 best travel apps. In December 2017, Business Insider included the app in the top 16 best travel apps.
In August 2018, Esquire included the app in the 12 best travel apps to make your next vacation easier (and cheaper). In September 2018, USA Today included the WiFi Map app in the top 10 smartphone apps for the traveling boomer.
In May 2019, Travel Weekly included the WiFi Map app in the 13 mobile apps travellers can’t go without.
In January 2020, Business News Daily included the app in the best business travel apps.
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