Royal Oak, MI
reply to jcremin
said by jcremin:I wasn't talking about leechinmg off of a private network. But "free" WiFi is a way for a business the throw a bone to it's customers. If non-customers get their data from that hotspot, then some businesses will re-think that bonus. Especially if this kind of thing takes off and more players enter this field. said by mogamer:
Hey, let's sell a service that uses other companies infrastructure! A great way for WiFi hotspots to close themselves off with password only access!
But for those who have wifi at home and work, it won't really matter. I don't think this plan would be aimed at people who are moving around and connecting to open wifi as the call wouldn't last too long before you are out of range of the AP. I don't think anyone should be using another person's wifi without their permission anyway.
said by mogamer:I think that is happening now anyway. People with any cell phone plan are already starting to offload data to wifi to avoid the caps, so I'm thinking it is only a matter of time. I've never liked plain "open wifi" anyway. I think it is in businesses best interest to do something to ensure that people aren't leeching off of them. At least secure it and put the security key by the cash register, or something simple. Won't keep everyone honest, but it stops all but the 1%.
If non-customers get their data from that hotspot, then some businesses will re-think that bonus. Especially if this kind of thing takes off and more players enter this field.