Gartner Says WiFi Laptops Cost More To Use

Gartner Group really seems out to rain on the whole WiFi parade. They’re the ones who put out a report talking about how there was no money in hotspots, and now they’re saying that WiFi-enabled enterprise laptops increase the total cost of ownership of the machine by 3 to 4%. Am I the only one who thinks “so what?” Some of the increased price comes from “intruder defense systems”, by which I assume they mean firewalls. Shouldn’t any laptop have that, whether or not they’re using WiFi? The largest increase in cost, though, is from charges for hotspots – the business model that Gartner just declared wasn’t going to survive. The report apparently does point out that there is a productivity increase in using WiFi, but doesn’t seem to weigh that against the TCO.

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