I’ve been traveling internationally for many years, and in the past year or so, have noticed a marked upward trend in hotel broadband internet service charges. It used to be that hotels gave the service away for free, or at most $10 per day as a way to differentiate themselves. On recent trips, I have been forced to cough up $20, sometimes $30 for Internet service.
It is a rip off, but relative to placing a call via the in room phone or mobile roaming charges, it’s not an obscene rip off. So I wonder if the hotels have already gotten the message that business travelers are starting to use VoIP to make roaming calls when possible, and are seeing this in their financial reports. If so, it might explain the increasing prices, as they try to recoup money that they are no longer making from their PBXs. I rarely, if ever, place a call through a hotel switchboard.
Anyway, I wonder if the loss of voice revenue is one of the things behind otherwise inexplicably high Internet charges (not that I expect hotels to give anything away as they are, as an industry, professional theives).