what should I expect from "free wireless Internet service"?

I made reservations at a motel recently which advertised the above feature in its room. I instantly and instinctively assumed there would be a laptop/ keyboard waiting inside for me to use. Nothing of the sort. Although the clerk referred me to a close, off site internet cafe, I felt mislead and cheated. My boyfriend told me the room was merely "router compatible", that the motel grounds might have an "antenna" for a connection to a laptop that the customer brings with him; in short, he told me I misunderstood the language and that the motel really did deliver. I vigorously disagree and gave appropriate feedback to managment.

As a comparison, if an airline says "service to city x", we assume they will provide the vehicle (airplane) to transport us there, right? Is this analogy faulty?

Beyond this let-down, my stay was very adequate and enjoyable.

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Your boyfriend is correct. "Wireless Internet service" is just that -- a "service" through which you can connect your laptop computer to the Internet. If they provide other means of accessing the Internet, they will tell you that specifically, which might be a computer in their business center or at a kiosk in the lobby. But interpreting "wireless Internet service" to mean that they provide you with a computer is going a bit too far.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Stealing is stealing. No two ways about that. It's wrong, BUT at the last place we lived we could pick up public wi-fi from the local McDonald's. Since that is TRULY free wireless internet service, I didn't feel bad about riding off of there service. Wankers trying to connect through my wireless router always got instantly blocked!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Wireless internet service is generally understood to mean that they have a router you can use YOUR computer with.

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