Over the past several years we’ve seen hotels globally make great strides when it comes to free Wi-Fi. I remember when most hotel loyalty programs didn’t even offer free Wi-Fi to elite members, let alone to other guests.
Meanwhile nowadays the major hotel chains offer free Wi-Fi to virtually all guests who book directly with them. What I find interesting, however, is that most hotel programs don’t clarify in their terms how many devices are included with that “free wifi,” which seems like something they’d standardize.
In other words, is a hotel staying true to the terms & conditions if they offer free Wi-Fi on just one device? Technically yes, I suppose, though perhaps not in spirit.
Anyway, I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve had more devices to connect than I was allowed to, though I’m staying at a hotel right now that limits guests to three devices per room on a single “fee” (even if that “fee” is free wifi, apparently).
Assuming two people are traveling together you’d think that four devices would be the absolute minimum. Ford and I both have smartphones and laptops, so it seems reasonable for them to be connected for “free.”
So while I think four devices is fair-ish, given how much technology has advanced, I think six sounds right for a room with two guests. It should be reasonable for each person to have a smartphone, tablet, and laptop.
Like I said, I’ve never put much thought into this, because I’ve never had an issue with this until now. However, three devices seems especially stingy to me.
When it comes to “free” in-room wifi, how many devices do you expect to be able to connect with?