The problem with airport Wi-Fi: it’s not consistent
Just about every airport I end up in has at least one or two Wi-Fi networks available in the concourse. They usually cost between $5 and $7 dollars for 24 hours of access (I’m there for 30-45 minutes), and $20/month for unlimited access. About half the time it’s some sort of T-mobile hotspot, which is pretty good, but at least half the time the network is provided by a company named after some sort of exotic fruit.
Free Wi-Fi is what we all want. I’m sure that eventually that’s where we’ll end up. It’ll just be expected airport infrastructure.
But in the meantime, I don’t have a problem with paying for Wi-Fi access. It’s a service provided by a company, and I don’t want some weird frame in my window shoving ads down my face just so they can cover their costs. I’d pay somewhere between $10 and $20 a month if it meant I could get online at any airport in the country.
The problem is that nothing is everywhere. If I wanted to have Wi-Fi at every airport I might end up in (which I do), I’d probably have to subscribe to three or four different providers, at the least, and several of them would overlap in places. Boy does that sound like wasted money.
Someone should really make an effort to be everywhere. Because the value just isn’t there if you cover 60% of the airports.