Thanks for your advice guys. I made my trip and here is my report.
In Taoyuan I was able to access free wifi in the third floor food court in front of McDonald's. The free service was provided by 7-11.
PapaAzucar wrote:I was in Japan last weekend, and yes Narita has free public wifi, but it does require an email to register.
True, but I don't think Narita has just one free service. Waiting for my US connection, I was able to connect without any registration or passwords.
But at the gate where I was waiting for my return flight to Taiwan, I had to register.
Here is the airport wifi information page.http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/guide/service/list/svc_33_wire.html
New York, JFK: There were no free hot spots in the airport. I was able to connect to the net using my SKYPE Credits via Boingo. I don't remember the cost exacatly but it was a bit expensive, about 6NT a minute.
However, I think access to Skype was free. Here is what happened:
I connected to the hot spot. Skype came alive and my skype text messages were coming through.
Then a page appears stating that Skype has detected a Boingo Hotspot, a have xNT in my account which is good for x number of minutes at x NT per minute. Do you want to connect?
I connected an browsed the web. After disconnecting, I was no longer able to browse the web, but I was still able to send and receive messages and make calls with Skype. Pretty Awesome! The SMS feature of was a real Life Saver too! My flight had been changed and I could not reach anyone at the time.
Here is something new. If you are taking a domestic flight in the US, it seems Delta offers free in air wifi! You may want to check that out.