What's The Most Expensive WiFi You've Seen?

from the ah,-tethering dept

I do a fair bit of traveling and, while I try to avoid it, there are times when I really have no choice but to pay up for WiFi (and why is it always the expensive hotels that charge more for it, while the cheap hotels offer free WiFi?). At times, the prices seem really crazy, but Parker sends over a screenshot of the cost of WiFi that he discovered at Toronto's International Centre, which seemed a bit extreme: $6.95 for just 30 minutes. Or $99 for a full day. You could get the two day package for a bargain at $159. I'm not sure I want to know what the difference between "Ultra-Lite Wireless" (the prices you see here) and "Extreme Wireless" might be, but it seems doubly ridiculous to think that $99 per day only gets you "ultra-lite" wireless.
Anyway, I don't think I've seen prices like that before, but I'm curious if anyone has any stories that can top that?

Filed Under: overvaluing, wifi


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    PaulT (profile), 26 Oct 2011 @ 5:12am

    Re: Re: Free vs paying

    That's one possibility. The other thing that comes to mind is that (in my experience) expensive hotels would mostly be used by people on company-paid business trips, whereas cheaper hotels would be used by travellers or business people paying out of their own pocket. An employee on a business account wants to be comfortable but doesn't necessarily care about the price (and wifi can be counted as a legitimate business expense), whereas someone on a budget or spending their own money would more likely go for the cheaper hotel with no extras costs.

    That is, the expensive hotels don't lose anything by charging a premium for their wifi, while a cheap hotel doing so would just send business down to the hotel offering free wifi down the street.

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