RSS Bandit and F@#$@#$!@#$!@#$ Hotel Internet Connections (particulary GetIn2Net)

I detest the amount of money I have to pay for Internet connections when staying at hotels. Recently, it cost me $84 for one night at the Saville Park Suites in Perth for a dial-up connection via their 5500 service. Even though there was a cap on each call, the system kept cutting me off and I had to keep redialling, thus starting a new call cap.


Mostly, I use iBurst where it’s available (currently Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra). But when I travel to Adelaide or Perth, I’m currently out of luck on that front.


One of my least favourites is the GetIn2Net service that a few hotels have, including the one I was at in Perth last week. They have a charge of 55c a minute or capped at $27.95 per day with a stunning 50Mb data limit before your cap starts again.


But the bit I REALLY appreciated, is that when you’ve exceeded the data cap, every URL you try to access appears to be returned as a PERMANENT redirect to their login site. And, of course, that meant that EVERY url that RSSBandit tried to access got returned a permanent redirect and it then updated EVERY feed URL for me in my RSSBandit settings. For example, Scott Guthrie’s URL became:


http://get.in2.net/dataCharge.php?EnrolID=3934&ReqPage=http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/Rss.aspx


Thanks GetIn2Net folks! I REALLY appreciated the time I wasted sorting that one out… :-(

2 thoughts on “RSS Bandit and F@#$@#$!@#$!@#$ Hotel Internet Connections (particulary GetIn2Net)”

  1. you do realise that the price is driven by the hotel not the provider, the provider charges the hotel who then charges you and sets the limits.

    The provider supplies the hotel with what they want.

  2. Interesting comments Larry and Greglow. The problem with 3rd party providers in hotels, is that the DO determine the rates charged. They implement their services, share the revenues and as such determine the charges to the end user. the hotel can lower those charges but in the end are having to pay to the provider the differences….Hotels are starting to move away from third party contracts and solutions, precisely because of this and do not want third parties to “hijack” their guests. When a hotel purchases a solution from a vendor they can determine the end user charges and even build it into their room rates and do not have to pay the difference back to the “gatekeeper”

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