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Having problems with holiday WiFi?

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Having problems with holiday WiFi?

The Marriott Hotel chain has been smacked in the USA for blocking personal WiFi at one its hotel/convention centres.  With many hotels charging $10-15/ day per room for WiFi access I wondered how long it would be before the hotel management twigged to personal mifi systems and in-built 4G wifi.
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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

This is not an uncommon practice but I guess the judgement will be a wake up call to other hotel operators. Yesterday I was staying at a downtown Hilton in Florida and there was no problem connecting to free wifi.
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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

My neighbour had to stay in a hotel a few years back where they offered free wifi.
He used it (naturally) and was shocked to get a £50 service charge for it on his bill. When he queried it, they said the wifi connection itself was free.. but use of their internet was £5 per MB  Shocked
Like a mug he paid it instead of disputing it.
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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

I've never heard of that. Most strange Undecided
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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

I was in Mexico earlier this year at a hotel that had free wi-fi but it was restricted to an hour. Nothing a rooted Android device and a MAC spoofer couldn't contend with though Wink

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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

Some airports limit the amount of free wifi. Recently at Gatwick I think it was only 30 minutes and Heathrow was 1 hour. This is in contrast to airports I've travelled through in the US recently where it is free all the time.
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I've never heard of that. Most strange Undecided

I think it's pretty obvious they were running some sort of con.
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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

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Stayed in a Marriott (here in UK) recently and oddly WiFi was free in the public areas around the lobby but the charge to use it in the room was pretty steep.
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Re: Having problems with holiday WiFi?

I went to the same hotel in Devon last year as the year before and the password to access their free wif-fi was still the same. But it was only available in the lobby and surrounding areas and not the rooms.

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