Avis Wants To Be Travelers' ISP
from the on-the-road-again dept
These days, when you're planning a trip, there are some considerations you need to make in addition to simply securing adequate food and lodging. If you don't yet have an EV-DO card, and need reliable internet access, then that requires another level of preparation. You're lucky if you find a quality hotel that won't charge through the nose just for the privilege of staying tethered to an ethernet cable if you want to stay online. And when you're out and about, the task is even more daunting. To help fill in the gaps, Avis Rent A Car is offering to rent out boxes that provide a mobile WiFi connection while you're zipping down the road, a la a Junxion Box. While families might be interested in renting the device, as a way to keep kids entertained, the target is the business user keeping a laptop on the passenger seat, and checking email at red lights (just wait until the anti-yakking while driving crowd gets a hold of this one). The price, $10.95 per day, sounds steep if it's just limited to in-car use. It's not entirely clear from the way the story is written -- but if the device can be taken from the car and used elsewhere, this could be more interesting to some travelers, potentially taking some money away from hotels. However, if it's only for in-car use, that seems incredibly limiting. Still, as mobile internet options continue to abound, from free WiFi spots to the aforementioned EV-DO, it's hard to see Avis' box going far in the market.