Some hotels with free Wi-Fi consider charging for it

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  1. rwoman
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    USA Today: Some hotels with free Wi-Fi consider charging for it

    Living in Europe, I am not unfamiliar with having to pay for wifi at many hotels...I'm sure many would not be happy about this prospective change.

     
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    I will not pay. There is always a McDonald's near by. ;)
     
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    Or Panera, which seems to have a better WiFi signal and you don't have to smell old French Fries.
     
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    I would pay a reasonable amount for fast, reliable service (free options are hit or miss everywhere, including Panera, McD, Starbucks, etc. - and they're frequently too noisy and inconvenient for activities that require high-bandwidth connection), but current prices, especially in Europe, are outrageously high for what you get. The hybrid model is great for people with multiple devices - if you need a lot of bandwidth to stream video or work, then pay a little extra. Otherwise, use free connection for general browsing and emailing.
     
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    The Ibis I stayed at in Zurich had free wifi that worked well. I don't know if all the Accor hotels are like that but I paid less than $100 a night IN ZURICH and my wifi worked great! That being said, I would pay a reasonable fee of around $5 a day, but $10 would be pushing it.
     
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    I would go to a nearby library.
     
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    The thing is... if I am on vacation (and I imagine it's not any different for business trips), then I don't want to hunt around for libraries and adjust my schedule to their hours. If I want to look something up or read my email or download the NYTimes at 10pm, chances are a library isn't going to be of much use.
     
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    I was in Washington, DC, for a conference in April and the hotel was charging something like $13 or $15 per day for WiFi in the room, but offered it for free in the lobby. :eek:

    I was able to get the (slightly weak) signal from the lobby in my room, and then even better the conference provided free access.

    Charging for WiFi is just a cash grab.
     
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    The thing I have never understood is why the leap from free to paid is so large. It costs the hotel next to nothing to offer wifi (thats why they can afford to give it away) yet if you go to a paid model all of a sudden it is perfectly fine to charge $15+ in the States and probably closer to $25+ in Europe. Quite honestly any hotel that charges that much for wifi is going to be on about a 2-year death-watch as the advent of real 4G cell service hot spots will finally compete at real broadband speeds (assuming they finally get some reasonable data caps).
     
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    For everyday use I will tether my phone. Sometimes the WIFI provided is good and others its not even worth it for FREE! Having said that there are times I do pay for it.
     

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