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February 20, 2006 at 10:51 AM

Tech update, Part 3

LONDON — Yet another update on traveling and using technology. For my other comments check out this and this.

At a Sheraton near the Heathrow airport late last week, I was able to easily roam on my T-Mobile HotSpot account from the privacy of my own room. It was great because I didn’t have to sign up for an account, decide how many hours I was going to use or enter a credit card number.

The downside? I was alerted that it was going to cost 18 cents a minute to “roam.” For the math- impaired that totals about $10 a hour. Sounds like the early days of the cellphone world, doesn’t it? For perspective, I think it only costs 30 cents a minute for me to roam internationally on my cellphone.

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA said perviously that it expects Wi-Fi to go the way of the cellphone and soon it will be much like cellphones, in which laptops can jump from one hotspot provider to the next with minimal fees.

I’m sure a lot of people can’t wait.

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