As is common in captive-audience no-competition environments, (read: airports) wireless goes for outrageous prices. But even given that peer set, this is ridiculous. The only logical justification I’ve been able to come up with for charging this much for access is to purposely limit the number of users so that the satellite link doesn’t get clogged. But I doubt that’s the case. I’m willing to bet 100 bucks (and my pride) that they’re off the ‘maximum profit peak’ (I dunno econ) by at least a factor of two.
As an end-user, you have two choices:
- One device, one hour: 6 euro (~8.50 USD)
- One device, three hours: 9 euro (~13 USD)
I have two devices (a phone/camera and a laptop) I need to both be connected to the internet to publish content effectively. I want to be connected the whole trip. It’s a 6.5 hour ride. I arrived an hour early. So for internet access, I need:
Two devices, three three hour segments each, for a total cost of… 2×3x9 = 54 euro (~77 USD). Are you on crack?! I paid 33 euro for this trip! I have a sneaking suspicion that the person/people making the decisions here know about as much about the internet and computing as John McCain…
So, hello VIP lounge!
Only 16 euro, and for the whole trip I get as much bandwidth as a I can drain, free drinks, plush seats, and no screaming kids and drunk guys. Except maybe me. Rock n’ roll. This could get addicting…