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UK businesses waste £370m. on Wi-Fi and roaming charges annually
06/Feb/2015

LONDON - Business travellers paying to stay connected whilst they travel are costing British companies more than £370 million each year, according to new global research from Amba Hotels. The average UK business traveller spends £16.30 on Wi-Fi and roaming charges on each trip - a third more than the average spend in the US where free Wi-Fi is more widely available.

Hotels and airports are the worst offenders, with some charging up to £17 for 24 hours. Having to pay for Wi-Fi services also impacts the efficiency of the working day with up to 70% of business travellers regularly unable to work efficiently due to slow or unreliable Wi-Fi connections. For example, two fifths (38%) have been unable to join a work call or videoconferencing meeting, almost a fifth (17%) have missed a work deadline, and half (53%) have felt the impact on their personal lives after being unable to contact friends and family.

Financial commentator and founder of letssavemoney.com, Sarah Willingham, said: "Fast, free, reliable Wi-Fi is non-negotiable for modern business travellers. With airlines and rail companies investing in Wi-Fi on board and international roaming charges falling dramatically, it's inexcusable to keep charging extortionate rates for patchy Wi-Fi connections. I'm pleased to see Amba Hotels is championing fast, free Wi-Fi and hope their competitors follow their lead."

Hotels



Name

Availability

Premium Wi-Fi Cost

Wi-Fi Cost


Four Seasons

Free for up to 2 devices

£17 for 24 hours

Free


Marriott

Free to loyalty members who book direct

Non members £15 for 24 hours high speed

Non-members £10 for 24 hours




Mandarin Oriental

Free to those who book direct

N/A

Non-members £15 for 24 hours

£6 per hour


InterContinental

Free to members of all tiers

N/A

£15 for 24 hours


Amba Hotels

Free to All

Service is high speed

Free to all

Airports

1.

London Heathrow

Free for the first 4 hours

N/A

1 hour £3

3 hours £5

24 hours £9

2.

JFK New York

Registration required

N/A

$4.95 per hour $7.95 24 hours

3.

Berlin Schönefeld

Registration required

N/A

Payment options on registration



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