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July 11, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Wifi hotspot login

Wifi_1Terrell Jones points out:

While signing up to use a wifi hotspot in the Dubai airport, I was given the choice of payment options: credit card or free.

It didn’t take me too long to make up my mind.

[Good point. Why give the choice at all? -mh]


FREE STUFF!! ALL RIGHT!!! In a world where nothing seems to be free anymore this is a treat. Too bad you have to go all the way to Dubai for it.

Posted by: lefty-chef at July 11, 2006 12:16 AM

Maybe it is the whole "Net Neutrality" issue. You give us your money, we let you see other people's sites.

Posted by: Cameron at July 11, 2006 01:10 AM

Right, Mark: Why give the choice at all? As if anyone in their right mind would choose "Credit Card". On the otehr hand, maybe the free internet is slower or has limitations?...

Eh, BROKEN anyway!

Posted by: Ilya Smirnov at July 11, 2006 01:51 AM

My ability to spell is just as broken:

other, not otehr

Posted by: Ilya Smirnov at July 11, 2006 01:52 AM

Mind you, it IS the middle of the night here in Colorado...

Posted by: Ilya Smirnov at July 11, 2006 01:53 AM

Yeah, I'd bet that the free internet is slower.

Posted by: theHag at July 11, 2006 08:29 AM

I signed up for Wifi downtown somewhere. If you pay for it, you get to carry your time as well as your login etc. over to subsequent sessions.

If you don't pay for it, you start from scratch - a real time-waster.

Posted by: DaveC426913 at July 11, 2006 10:08 AM

Whenever I've seen something like this, the free internet is dial-up and you have to pay for broadband. I'm guessing it says this on a different page.

Posted by: ambrocked at July 11, 2006 11:06 AM

I actually remember reading an article not too long ago that was talking specifically about their internet access. Their credit card option is indeed faster than their free.

Now, that doesn't stop this from being broken, because if there's no explanation of that anywhere... well.. how is anyone supposed to know what exactly the difference is?

Posted by: WiglyWorm at July 11, 2006 02:18 PM

Slower. Ads. Or both.

Posted by: big_wang at July 11, 2006 03:40 PM

Maybe the credit card kind is the high-quality kind, with no **** from any virus-bag websites.


Posted by: Another guy named Alex B at July 11, 2006 04:10 PM

Yes, presumably there's some downside to using the free connection. Maybe it's broken that they don't tell you that, or maybe they do. Why worry about it? It's just for fun.

Posted by: Fuzzy at July 11, 2006 04:45 PM

They really should tell you the difference if there is one.

Posted by: EricJ2190 at July 11, 2006 06:50 PM

Right, because if I didn't know it was different and picked free, and got a slow line, I'd be like "this service is bad" and not use it again, so they just lost me as a customer . . .

Posted by: hackmiester at July 11, 2006 08:19 PM

I think it's kind of like saying "Trick or Treat"

Posted by: halloween at July 12, 2006 12:19 PM

Just remember, you get what you pay for. Free wi-fi is full of ads, pop ups and perhaps hackers. Pay up and get a faster more secure connection. HOWEVER, it is broken here because they should tell you what the difference is, and exactly what you are paying for.

Posted by: Abu Singh at July 13, 2006 12:57 PM

I have a feeling this wifi station was modified to switch "debit" to "free" manually by the admin, to allow free access for his patrons, by modifying config files. It makes no difference, methinks.

Posted by: Tricky at July 15, 2006 11:13 PM

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Posted by: Carla at July 20, 2006 04:13 PM

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