No, really, is this a joke?
It won't be long until T-Mobile's UK trial of hotspots reaches its end and we suddenly have to pay for wireless access in Starbucks. Well, fine: it wasn't going to last forever. On the 31st March, four pre-pay tarrifs will be introduced, ranging from 60 minutes for £5.50 to a day pass for £16.50. This will be available in 56 Starbucks across the country.
But wait. T-Mobile has recently slashed hotspot prices in the US so that from 1 March, a day pass will cost $6. For those UK residents keeping count and who want to know exactly how much their jaw should be dropping, that's £4, making the UK day pass 4.125 times more expensive.
Insane. Insane and bloody typical. Don't even get me started on flat rate GPRS data charges, either.
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As someone who pretty much lives in the Fleet Street Starbucks these days I'm having the same thoughts. There has to be someone at t-mobile who just doesn't *get it* on such a deep and meaningful level that you wonder how they were hired.
Posted by: Nick on March 11, 2003 03:24 PM
I'm vaguely wondering how T-Mobile's UK hotspot billing will tie in with their US hotspot billing. I already have a pay-as-you-go account with them from when I tried the 24 hour free day pass that they give out at Starbucks there.
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I just got a very smug e-mail back from T-Mobile UK, which I've posted on my blog. It looks like they're perfectly satisfied to charge exorbitant tariffs, at least for the short-term.
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