05/06/2015 02:02 EDT | Updated 05/06/2015 02:59 EDT

Vancouver Taxis 1st In Canada To Offer Free Wi-Fi

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Staying connected will soon be even easier (or disconnecting will be harder, depending on how you look at it) from the back of a Vancouver taxi.

Yellow Cab and Telus are partnering up to offer passengers free Wi-Fi, the first such service in Canada, according to a news release Tuesday.

The Wi-Fi will be free to cab customers regardless of their provider, said Telus. No passwords are required, and no personal data will be collected.

Fares with the fleet's 350 taxis will not go up with the introduction of the technology, promised Kulwant Sahota, president of Yellow Cab.

It will be offered for one year, and "may be extended if the program is successful," said Telus.

The City of Vancouver recently announced that Telus would also create free public wireless hot spots at 43 locations, including community centres and outdoor pools, in the city.

The infrastructure is being installed and maintained by Telus, at no cost to the city or the public, reported The Vancouver Sun.

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