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FAB
01-08-2011, 05:15 PM
My wife going to Auckland for a conference, so thought I'd email the hotel (central city) to check on the internet access rates, since it's not on their website.
I was sort of expecting perhaps free internet access (rooms are $130 a night after all) but was no expecting just how much they want to charge.
Here's the rates from the email reply.

Broadband available in the guest rooms @ $0.68 per minute or maximum cap in a 24hr Period of $29.90.
$5.00 15mb or 1hr
$10.00 30mb or 2hrs
$20.00 60mb or 4hrs
Long Stay rate of 5 days plus is $15.00 per day (charge if used or not).

Am I being petty or do these seem excessive to anyone else? I don't think I'll be letting my wife have access to the internet at these sorts of $$.

Chilling_Silence
01-08-2011, 05:25 PM
Buy a data card, Telecom were giving them away a short while back if you were a landline customer of theirs.

Get it on Prepay

Top it up when you want it... 500MB is only around $20-$30 I think?

FAB
01-08-2011, 07:45 PM
Hey CS

That was my plan after seeing the rates, but I guess my point was to me these rates are along the lines of daylight robbery...that's a huge profit margin.

sahilcc7
01-08-2011, 07:47 PM
$2 a gig with telecom.

:pf1mobmini:

Nomad
01-08-2011, 08:03 PM
My wife going to Auckland for a conference, so thought I'd email the hotel (central city) to check on the internet access rates, since it's not on their website.
I was sort of expecting perhaps free internet access (rooms are $130 a night after all) but was no expecting just how much they want to charge.
Here's the rates from the email reply.

Broadband available in the guest rooms @ $0.68 per minute or maximum cap in a 24hr Period of $29.90.
$5.00 – 15mb or 1hr
$10.00 – 30mb or 2hrs
$20.00 – 60mb or 4hrs
Long Stay rate of 5 days plus is $15.00 per day (charge if used or not).

Am I being petty or do these seem excessive to anyone else? I don't think I'll be letting my wife have access to the internet at these sorts of $$.

These are pretty standard.
Arguably they are less than some of the international hotels. Most of which don't give them for free. Usually if you are a club member it is free however or if you have a club room.

I understand that $50NZ equiv per day overseas is normal.
Regular Kit Kat bar maybe $8NZ. Ditto a can of coke.

Fifthdawn
01-08-2011, 08:06 PM
I bet its just a crappy WAP put in the ceiling too...

Nomad
01-08-2011, 08:08 PM
Some provide a CAT-5 cable in the drawer and some even include a HDMI too :cool:

The Error Guy
01-08-2011, 08:20 PM
Forgotten the name of the place but it was in auckland and they had free WiFi at about 20/10 Mbps for free. 10Gb a day.

Torrents worked to :D

FAB
01-08-2011, 09:09 PM
Over the last 3 years we've spent 12 months travelling around the US/Canada over 3 seperate trips, always had free wi-fi in hotels/campground.

Am I comparing NZ to that? Yup.

decibel
01-08-2011, 09:16 PM
Unfortunately these sort of prices are commom, but they are nothing short of a RIP-OFF !!

As sahilcc7 says, Telecom only charge $2 a GB for excess home use data, so these prices are outright greed.

Greven
01-08-2011, 10:57 PM
It is usually slow too. A couple of years ago there was an Invercargill hotel providing a 128k connection & calling it broadband. Hopefully they are better by now.

Jen
01-08-2011, 11:27 PM
Sometimes the internet access from the hotel public computer is much cheaper, so that may be an option.