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Tuesday, 11 March 2003

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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