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21. Posted by gurstein (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Vienna airport has free Wifi.

22. Posted by trailbound (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

Wi-fi is now available at Montréal-Trudeau, but it's NOT free! With all the outrageously high "taxes" and "fees" imposed on passengers' airfares, it would make sense if wi-fi is available for free. But we are dealing with blood thirst opportunists here. They would exploit every opportunity to make money, shamelessly!

23. Posted by George L. (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y

Hey blue suit,
I tested them on my end and they worked OK.
Here are the URLs...the old-fashioned way

http://www.viarail.ca/en_index.html
http://www.viarail.ca/wirelessinternet/en_index.html

gl

24. Posted by BSNomad (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Thanks George,
Yes, the Canada site seemed to be functioning later that day!
Blue Suit Nomads

25. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 10y

Hong Kong airport has free internet about 4 years back. Tokyo Narita used to be free, now charges 100 yen for 10 minutes use of internet. There is a charge for wi-fi also. Korean airport Inchon free wi-fi. Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon (HCMC,) Vietnam has paid internet service stuck inside the restaurant.
I think all airport should have free wi-fi, especially for international travelers, who already paid airport tax, departure tax, ect... If you traveled downtown Hong Kong, the Starbucks coffee shops has free internet service - nice treat for everyone!

26. Posted by ashleym66 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

free at Hiroshima airport in Japan. costs a fortune at vancouver airport and so hard to find it took me a better part of an hour to find the damn little kiosk thing.

27. Posted by ashleym66 (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

oops meant Tokyo Narita. mind is slow today lol.

28. Posted by Peter (Admin 5809 posts) 10y

I think it should be free as well, but to say it only costs an airport $100 in setup is seriously underestimating things.

To provide wifi for 5 people is entirely different to providing wifi for 1000s of people. You have to get a serious connection to handle the kind of bandwidth you can expect. And as an airport, you will need several people to maintain the servers, routers, access points and security in such a system. Still not a huge expenditure, but not insignificant either.

I think the model that is most likely to work eventually is a free one supported by advertising. The kind of thing google is getting into now. I wouldn't be surprised if you start seeing airports with wifi provided by Google featuring adwords on every page you visit :)

The airports can of course provide such facilities as a service to their customers. It's good for customer goodwill. Though I think if you're the type of person to often need wifi on the go, the subscription prices available from companies supplying airport wifi are really not that bad.

29. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting Peter

I think it should be free as well, but to say it only costs an airport $100 in setup is seriously underestimating things.

To provide wifi for 5 people is entirely different to providing wifi for 1000s of people. You have to get a serious connection to handle the kind of bandwidth you can expect. And as an airport, you will need several people to maintain the servers, routers, access points and security in such a system. Still not a huge expenditure, but not insignificant either.

I think the model that is most likely to work eventually is a free one supported by advertising. The kind of thing google is getting into now. I wouldn't be surprised if you start seeing airports with wifi provided by Google featuring adwords on every page you visit :)

A lot of those costs are already covered just to get all the different businesses in an airport online. I was thinking more like a small area have wifi, not the entire airport. That straightaway cuts a lot of the costs, although a 100 would probably be pushing it :)

I like the google type model best, I'd even click on a few ads if it means I get to bring in my emails free

30. Posted by andi28 (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Budapest Airport (BUD) also has free wireless. However, they just got bought by BAA (the company Managing heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh and a few other airports) so this free of charge time might be over soon. Heathrow has T-Mobile, and it cost me about 15 pounds a 24 hr access permit.
:(