Why so expensive?

, posted: 19-May-2013 10:59

This weekend I’ve been away in Rotorua speaking at a client’s conference about the custom software system we’ve designed and written for them.  After shredding my fan belt on the way down (ended up missing my presentation slot as I was four hours late), it was nice to finally arrive.

There are around 150 delegates here from all over NZ, staying from Friday until Sunday.  Nearly all are staying here at Rydges Rotorua – there’s all the accommodation, breakfasts, lunches plus the formal dinner that was held last night.  The hotel will be making a killing out of this organisation.

For so many delegates with laptops and smartphones, wireless is a must.  This is where I’m gobsmacked…

Internet here is 75cents/hour or $30 per day. 

Surely free wireless is a service to provide, alongside food, tea and coffee?  To expect every person here to sign up each of their devices is fanciful (the access code is tied to MAC address)?  Another possible solution is to have one set fee for the conference, and everyone attending gets wireless access.

In my presentation this morning, it was annoying that while most people had laptops, they weren’t able try the demos I was doing (it would’ve taken far too long to get them all paired with their mobile phones).  Why is this so hard?

It seems not all hotels/motels are ignorant to how important wireless is.  Since Rydges is full, I’m staying at a motel two doors down…

They have free wireless.



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