What is it: Instabridge is the ultimate wifi app that automatically connects you to the nearest hotspot wherever you are – without any passwords!
How it works: Once open, the app greets you with a map of available hotspots in your area. Tap on the wifi option, you will see more information, including wifi name and password, directions, rating of the wifi quality, and downloading/uploading speed. To connect, simply choose the wifi in your network, and voilà you’re in!
Instabridge works twofold, the users can find wifi, but they can also contribute to the system by adding wifi to its vast hotspot database. Better yet, the app offers a big list of wifi spots from different regions in the world, so you can secure access even without mobile data. Stay connected wherever and whenever you are!
Best for: Frequent travellers with a need for free, stable wifi.
Value Offering: Instead of simply providing public hotspots, Instabridge poses itself as a wifi sharing community, in which the wifi database is crowdsourced. The company believes that Internet access is a human right, and through the app, everyone can enjoy better quality wifi connnection. The service proves to be most effective in places where cellular data is a rare and expensive commodity.
Hype Level: Instabridge was started in 2012 by Erik Tigerholm and Niklas Agevik. The Stockholm-based startup has been growing quickly, specially in emerging markets such as Mexico, Brazil and India. The app claimed to have roughly two million users in 2016, with over 100,000 members contributing to the wifi network. The company is backed by UK-based Balderton Capital. Last year it received $1 million in funding, as reported by TechCrunch.