March 21, 2005

Doc Sez, Jus Gimme a Cool Drink a Water Before I Die

He compares hotels that offer free broadband connections (usually cheap ones) to expensive hotels that charge (the one we are all in costs $14.95 a day at PC Forum). And each time you close the laptop, you have to got through the arduous process of logging in again.. splash-screens, billing, slow loading.. ack!

So Doc suggests it's as if, when you stepped into the shower at your hotel room, there was a screen asking you to authenticate payment for $14.95 for water. And later, if you wanted to brush your teeth at the sink, well.. you must go through the process again to authenticate that you paid in the last 24 hours.

I think we should have a Kum-bay-ah sing-in here at the Princess by where they sacrifice the virgins (big fireplace by the pool) to plead our case for free broadband at expensive hotels.

Posted by Mary Hodder at March 21, 2005 10:58 AM | TrackBack

cell phone reception sucks too....
I am sorry I didn't get to meet you, maybe next year

Posted by: alan herrell - the head lemur at March 23, 2005 12:41 PM

It's totally insulting. 3 days stay equals a month DSL bill. And the logings and pop-up and redirects to hotel homepages with vauge login messaging. Blah.

Even leaving my accesspoint point for any neighbors to enjoy my incurred expense still doesn't make it any better.

In Austin at the Hilton they are adopting some of Doc's suggestions. Use of the pool is $10 for all hotel guests!

Posted by: Ted Rheingold at March 23, 2005 02:10 PM

Hotel broadband, especially Wi-Fi, should be free just to get folks coming back. As Jamis MacNiven of Buck's Restaurant in Woodside (who has been offering free Wi-Fi for years) said quite a while ago, "Charging for the online usage would be, for me, like charging for salt and pepper."

Posted by: Nina at April 4, 2005 01:16 PM