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Eircom, the incumbent in Ireland, dropped its hotspot access charges: An hour at an Eircom hotspot now costs 5 euro, compared to 10 euro previously. Eircom also offers a 12 euro monthly subscription to its broadband customers. Folks who aren’t Eircom broadband customers pay 30 euros, which is still half of Bitbuzz’s 70 euro monthly subscription fee. Generally, prices in Ireland and in many places in Europe are pretty outrageous so Eircom’s change in prices may indicate the beginning of a downward trend in access fees.
This story also includes some interesting results from a study that shows that many people would prefer to buy a coffee or a pastry at a cafe and get “free” Wi-Fi access rather than paying 5 euros or so directly for the access. There is a growing perception that Wi-Fi should be part of the experience at a cafe. This may mark an important change in the market here that could lead to more hotspots and possibly even free hotspots, which are virtually non-existent in Dublin.
Posted by nancyg at August 2, 2005 11:26 AM
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