Why does any commercial establishment charge for WIFI?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by gbross, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. gbross macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2008
    I don't understand it.

    Once they invest in the hardware and the monthly connection fee their costs are next to nothing.

    I would imagine that by offering free access they would get more customers.

    Sure, some people may jump on and hog the bandwidth but that's the only downside I see.

    Is there more that I don't know - am I missing something here? Please educate me.
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    The monthly access fee for a company may be substantially more than you are used to paying as a private consumer. That would be the main barrier, in my mind.
  3. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    a) Bandwidth costs. It may not necessarily be fixed, but per total GBs used.
    b) Insurance costs. You download kiddie porn, the CE gets sued.
    c) Profit. A good business never forgets this. That is how it stays in business.
  4. quicklook2 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2007
    lakewood, ohio
  5. gbross thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Soon it will be free in all hotels - if they want to compete.

    Years ago you paid extra if you wanted a TV in your hotel room.
  6. quicklook2 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2007
    lakewood, ohio

    i doubt that will happen.

    some will and some won't.
  7. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    I think you kinda answered your own question, mostly.
  8. bamaworks macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    I book hotels with free WiFi being very important in who I choose... I'm sure I'm not the only one, you'd think more would notice this. Post a questionaire or something! hah!
  9. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I've noticed that at some airports it's free, others charge over $10-. I never pay for wifi as it bothers me that they charge. When given a choice, I will support establishments that provide free wifi, thus they will get my dollars.
  10. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I travel a lot, and I've noticed something odd. The more expensive the motel, the more likely they are to charge for internet access.

    $100.00 a night motel, free internet.

    $200.00+ a night motel, $9.95 for 24 hours!
  11. GoodWatch macrumors 6502a


    Sep 22, 2007
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Two years ago, many if not all hotels I visited on business trips charged very hefty prices for both WiFi or PC (in the lobby) access. Up to 25 Euro for a 24 hour pass. Because most of us are on a expense account during such trips no one bothered. I do. But because there are so many conference centres and hotels, they have piped down now. WiFi access is either free or a small amount and you have access to PCs if you are a guest (with your swipe card) for free as well. It has become a means of competition. Not any more because now all those hotels offer it.

    But there's some else as well. I use a HSPDA PC Card in my laptop now. For a flat fee a month I have unlimited and fairly speedy internet access, nation wide. But..... only in my own country. The fee is 75 Euro a month. We share this card between a 3 person IT staff. One of us, our programmer, took the card with him during his vacation to Lanzarote. Not knowing about the roaming charges. His kids used the card every day and he streamed radio over it. He took care of a few problems and was happily humming away. Two weeks passed when our financial controller came to my office, a paper in hand. It was the monthly statement for the card's subscription. The bill was a mind boggling 5,897 Euro! For two weeks worth of usage. And later another bill followed, in the same region. The fine print showed that when used abroad, the flat fee is replaced by a charge per MB. Dang! Almost 11,000 Euro and there was nothing we could do about it. I contacted the guy in his hotel and he was stunned and stopped using the card but it was too late. This is common practise in Europe and last Summer we saw numerous news items about people who had been using Internet on their smart phone on e.g. a nice and sunny terrace in Italy only to find a 2,000 Euro bill upon return from their holiday. :eek:

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