Why we still pay for hotel internet

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.koat.com/news/project-ec...hotel-internet/-/9153566/10961022/-/s20q0w/-/

    For many hotel guests, paying for Wi-Fi is an outdated charge that you only get wind of when you're up in your room. Now that mobile phones have rendered hotel room phones largely obsolete, Wi-Fi is the new bugbear for today's traveler.

    "A lot of hotels lived well off telephone income," says Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor Hotel Group. "Telephone income was a big part of -- I don't want to say cheating -- but overcharging the customer.

    "Everyone wants to make money, but I think you should make it in a reasonable way and internet, it's not a good idea to charge. It's like the air you breathe, the water you turn on -- it should be for free."
    The Rezidor Group owns mid-tier chain Radisson Blu and has offered free Wi-Fi since 1995, which is now available in more than 50,000 rooms worldwide.

    "If I use the 60% (Wi-Fi) usage that we have over the chain and the median figure that travelers pay, we would have roughly $10 million more income a year," Ritter says. But he adds that even though the revenue from Wi-Fi could fill the international phone-charge void, he isn't tempted to charge.

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    Good man!:)
     
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    rooted droid :)
     
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    Me too. Are you using it as a hotspot?
     
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    yes, but i only use it when i'm using my touchpad (flashed with cyanogenmod) on the go or when traveling and no wifi is available or it costs $. i still have home internet since comcast actually does a great job with that in my area and is very reliable.
     
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    Interesting read, I think I may have just learned a couple of things - thanks!
     

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