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Hotel Wi-Fi Internet Access Prices Slammed

Posted: 03rd Oct, 2006 By: MarkJ
The Good Hotel Guide 2007 has criticised the excessive charges placed on Wi-Fi Internet access. One location in Cambridge is known to charge £20 for a single days access, while others have been clocked at £5 per hour!:

Fogg [Jupiter Research] suggested that the first step towards tackling hotel Wi-Fi pricing in the UK should be transparency, as it is "not sufficiently clear when booking a hotel what type of broadband is available, what price it is — they normally just say 'Internet available'".

This problem was particularly prevalent for business travellers who visit multiple locations, as they would have little opportunity to discover hotels with cheap or free Wi-Fi.

Fogg also claimed that hotel Wi-Fi access is perceived as expensive when compared to home or office access, but often fared well in relation to the exorbitant roaming rates charged by operators for mobile data services.

The news doesn't really surprise us given that most Hotel's have a reputation for overcharging, lest we not forget the evil "mini-bars".

However in the modern world, where such technology is slowly becoming common place, lower Wi-Fi prices are likely to attract while high prices may repel. More @ ZDNet.
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