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Old 08-23-2012, 05:57 PM   #21
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Lot of business hotels apparently charge for Wifi. The big chains like Hilton, Hyatt also charge, sometimes like $20 a day.

They cut down the bandwidth too.

If you travel and stay in smaller hotels in small towns in Europe, many will charge, depending on the market. Even when they offer free Wifi, the speed is substandard or you have these painful authentication -- tying in a long password string into a browser each time you try to use the Internet after not using.

With iOS 6, they will include turn-by-turn driving directions. But to use this feature, you need a data connection and a GPS chip. iPad 3 (the one with the Retina display) will get this feature as well as Siri in the fall when they release iOS 6 for it.

It's also widely expected that Apple will announce a 7 or 8-inch model at a lower price to compete with the 7-inch Android tablets which sell in the $200-300 price range (Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7). This is expected in September.

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:08 PM   #22
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I haven't stayed at a hotel within the last two years that didn't give me free wifi. I might need to join their points program worst case (Omni in Atlanta). Note that often say "wifi additional" but then its free when you get there.

I just got back from Europe and while the hotel asked for a new code each day, if you know how to set your Safari preferences on the iPad, it will remember the username and code. All you do then is go to the hotel webpage and click "login". Annoying but not an issue once the password is saved. Otherwise it's a drag I agree. It's not easy to find, you really have to dig around in Settings > Safari under every option to find the "remember password" setting!

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:13 PM   #23
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The other factor is speed and security. 3G may be faster than hotel wifi and you're not sharing with other hotel guests.

The iPad with the mobile radio just gives you an option, if there are affordable data plans, which is the case in Italy and England.

For a trip in Sicily in 2011, I ended up using the 3G through a Mifi at some of the hotels, which didn't have Wifi or was down. Speeds were often better than hotel wifi too.

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