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Or how not to make any money! Well we know lack of oxygen at high altitudes can play havoc with your sense of right and wrong, but this is absolute insanity. MuniWireless has a great piece on the *outrageous* prices Swisscom is charging for access to […]

Or how not to make any money! Well we know lack of oxygen at high altitudes can play havoc with your sense of right and wrong, but this is absolute insanity. MuniWireless has a great piece on the *outrageous* prices Swisscom is charging for access to its Wi-Fi hotspots. Here is a sampling of the prices — 30 minutes: 5.20 EUR – day pass: 27.90 EUR – one month: 145.60 EUR – one year: 1079 EUR

  1. Beside the amount, the fact that the fee is based on connect time as if it is circuit-switched was surprising for me.

    http://www.mocaedu.com/mt/archives/000028.html

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  2. are you kidding me: you ain’t seen UK prices…BT charges £6 an hour (about $11.5) at Heathrow. when i was in cannes in france last month, the network there was something like 6 euro for an hour, and the worse thing is that hour starts ticking as soon as you register for the account (that is, first access the net)..you can’t stagger it. i bet it’s the same for BT…crazy.

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  3. You have to understand that Switzerland is all round not a cheap place to live in so I’m not surprised that they charge that much. You also need to look at the relative cost. How much does normal Internet access cost there? How much is a beer or a meal?

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  4. Our marine hotspots here in the Caribbean cost only $60 a month for unlimited use, so there are some operators who “get it.” Larger carriers will have to drop prices if they want the traffic.

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  5. Out-of-Control Pricing

    Swisscom and some other European hotspot operators are charging pretty insane prices for access: Swisscom charges over 5 EUR for 30 minutes, almost 28 EUR for a day pass, 145 EUR for one month and a whopping 1079 EUR for a year subscription. Seems like…

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