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  Thursday, June 3, 2004

Hyatt Wants To Charge For WiFi. Hyatt has . . . done a deal with T-Mobile to offer T-Mobile's hotspot service in their hotels - meaning that it will be quite costly for those who don't already have T-Mobile service. All this is likely to do is to drive many travelers (for example: me) to make sure we avoid Hyatts when traveling. Certainly, a few people will pay up and use T-Mobile, but it seems unlikely that the few bucks they get out of it will make up for the lost business of those who decide to stay in hotels that offer guests what they want. [Techdirt Corporate Intelligence:]

I just learned that the resort where I have a timeshare (Ridge Tahoe) is implementing WiFi -- and charging for it. Although they haven't announced the service provider, the fact that they're also letting T-Mobile install a cellular tower on site might be a clue. In which case I may still go into town and find a free or low-cost WiFi source when I'm up there in August.

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