richm
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WiFi Question

Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:24 am

I often see WiFi being advertised in airports as well as onboard some airlines. However, often, there is no mention of any price. I was just wondering if it's common for airports/airlines to operate this service for free?

Thanks.

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RE: WiFi Question

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:07 am

It a pay service at the AA terminal in JFK, yet free in GRR. I'm guessing it's just up to the provider, just like anything else.
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RE: WiFi Question

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:14 am

Some are free, some are not. As a general rule, you will not find free services at larger airports, while some of the smaller ones are free.

One of my favorites involved an airport with free WiFi that didn't take an SSID of "any" but forced you to look for a specific SSID. Who came up with that one?
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RE: WiFi Question

Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:31 am

Quoting RichM (Thread starter):
I often see WiFi being advertised in airports as well as onboard some airlines. However, often, there is no mention of any price. I was just wondering if it's common for airports/airlines to operate this service for free?

Thanks.

You might find a free WiFi Service in airline lounges, however you wont generally find free WiFi in public areas... Some are of reasonable value, the larges is T-Mobile HotSpot and if you check their website you'll find all the info on prices etc...
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RE: WiFi Question

Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:16 am

The two airports I spend the most time at are different. Here in PIT, we have free WiFi (WOOOHOOOO!  bigthumbsup  ). However, in MCI, you have to pay a monthly subscription or a one-time charge  Sad.
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RE: WiFi Question

Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:02 pm

Here is one LIST
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RE: WiFi Question

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:50 am

It depends on what the airport offers. I've been to some that offer it free, some that charge a fee. When flying out of BNA on Tuesday they charge $7 for a one day pass...!! Forget that
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RE: WiFi Question

Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:47 pm

At JNB it is R50 an HOUR!! That is about $8.50!!
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RE: WiFi Question

Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:38 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 7):
At JNB it is R50 an HOUR!! That is about $8.50!!

Pretty Cheap Considering that at LGW you pay $12 an hour...
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RE: WiFi Question

Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:02 am

Was using the CO President's Club wireless at EWR today... If you are ever there the access code is "pclub" but you have to pay 6 or 7 bucks for 24 hours.... I imagine if you are actually inside the presidents club they would provide you with access info to get it for free
 
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RE: WiFi Question

Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:00 am

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 5):
Here is one LIST
regds
MEL

Great link MEL!

Lots of the FBO's I visit have WiFi, but I am very surprised when PoDunk Field has it and BigCity-HighPrice FBO doesnt. (but they do have plentiful Otis Spunkmeyer cookies)
Ive also found that the more expensive the hotel, the LESS is free. Ive stayed at Days Inn or Sleep Inn style hotels/motels, with VERY average rooms, but with free WiFi, free breakfast, free business centers, etc. Ive also stayed at Embasy Suites, Hilton, Crowne Plaza, and WiFi is $10/day, sometimes no breakfast, separate charges for computer, fax, copier, printer, and parking. I guess they figure if you can afford $200/night you wont mind paying extra for those services; those poor FO's whos company pays for the room on the other hand have to live without internet for the night Sad
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RE: WiFi Question

Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:19 pm

Quoting RichM (Thread starter):
I was just wondering if it's common for airports/airlines to operate this service for free?

Absolutely not!!!

This is an example of the Connexion By Boeing connection costs (it's a Wi-Fi on board service)

Internet Flight
Stay online as long as you want with our flat rate plan.
$14.95 on flights of 3 hours or less

$19.95 on flights of 3 to 6 hours

$29.95 flights of 6 hours or more



Internet Minutes
Get your first 30 minutes for an initial fee, then pay 25 cents for each additional minute.
$7.95 initial fee on flights under 3 hours

$9.95 initial fee on flights over 3 hours

Internet Time
Purchase a block of online time. Time starts running when you sign in.
$9.95 for a block of 60 consecutive minutes

$16.95 for a block of 120 consecutive minutes
 
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RE: WiFi Question

Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:56 pm

While I can confidently say that you won't be able to find FREE wi-fi on any airliners, you'll find many airports that offer the amenity. At the moment, the free or fee connection is simply a matter of how each individual airport wants to market themselves. You're just as likely to find a tiny airport that charges 8.95 a day as an enormous airport that gives it away. Make no mistake about it, it costs ALOT to provide WLAN service.
 
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RE: WiFi Question

Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:31 am

Couple of euro per hour for Finnair.

BA also have BT openzone in their lounges.

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