Microsoft's first Surface tablets will come equipped only with Wi-Fi connectivity, according to a published report, which quotes analysts as pointing to an abridged spec sheet for the device. They also note that Wi-Fi-only tablets sell better because many buyers don't want to pay for data plans on both smartphones and tablets. Separately, a top Acer executive predicts that the Surface will not succeed because Microsoft's decision to enter the hardware business will put it in direct competition with its PC partners.
It's time to put to bed the Wi-Fi charge for hotel guests, this feature notes. But the times, they may be a-changing. "Getting charged each night for 24 hours Wi-Fi seems like pure profiteering on their part, but I think hotels are starting to realize that they will lose valuable customers and valuable business by charging crazy amounts for Wi-Fi," said Juliana Shallcross, managing editor at HotelChatter.
The Mercury News columnist Mike Langberg writes that free or low-cost municipal wireless Internet makes a compelling campaign promise, but he cautions that "eager politicians need to think twice about what makes fiscal sense."