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Wi-Fi Hotspots Ignored By Laptop Users

Posted: 19th Jan, 2006 By: MarkJ
Research conducted for Toshiba has found that many Wi-Fi enabled Laptop users simply don't make use of public 'Hotspots' (Wi-Fi). Interestingly 15% felt that there needed to be more hotspots, while most only went online while at home:

Just 11% used laptops in hotels, 7% on trains and 3% in coffee shops, compared to 55% who used them mostly at home. Just under 20% of laptop owners said they did not know how to use its wireless functions and one in four said they did not want to pay to use a wi-fi hotspot.

Nearly 90% said the big disadvantage of wireless working was that it meant they worked longer hours.

The majority said their laptops meant they worked an extra hour or two each week but a fifth said their extra hours were as high as 10 per week. Security concerns are still a worry for 19% of people, who cited this as the reason for not using wi-fi.


We can't help but sympathise with the 'longer working hours' aspect, especially when many people we know have echoed the same problem. Sure Wi-Fi is extremely useful, but it can also lead to work following you around, even during off-hours. That can cause greater stress.

So while there may be 10,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots in the UK, the cost, added work and security concerns that come with it are proving to be quite a negative. More @ BBC News Online.
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