Auckland secures faster-internet deal … The gothcha? It’s $135 a month

Astronomical pricing for Wi-Fi lauded as a boon by city … From the New Zealand Herald

“Auckland became the first city in the country yesterday to offer the service, which allows users, for a small charge, to connect to the internet in certain areas in and around the CBD.
The Wi-Fi project is a partnership between Auckland City Council, Wi-Fi service provider Tomizone and telecommunications company Kordia.
The service will cover seven zones of the Auckland CBD and fringe – Aotea Square, Remuera, Parnell, Karangahape Rd, Ponsonby, Viaduct Basin and Westhaven, including the marina.
Within these zones, users can access wireless internet at speeds of at least 2Mbps for $3 per hour, $6.50 per day or $30 per week. The Wi-Fi service does not require contracts – users can pay as they go, using portable log-ons.”

“For a small charge” my foot … and 2mb ain’t that fast … What an outrageous ripoff … $135 a month for 2mb Wi-Fi. I’m sure New Zealand and her people are nice but how do they expect to encourage internet usage at those prices. Can ordinary New Zealanders really afford $135 a month for internet access? The city should be setting up free wifi!

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