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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

ESWC ’08 Internet at The Conference Hotel

Filed under: Conferences — Jan Goyvaerts @ 3:58

The Maritim proArte hotel in Berlin where the 2008 European Software Conference is held offers two choices of in-room Internet.

On the desk in the corner of the room there’s a plastic stand with an Ethernet wire that you can pull out and plug into your laptop. If you try to open a web site, you’ll get a page asking to confirm that you want to pay 15 euro for 24 hours of Internet access. The 24-hour period runs from noon until noon, so ten to noon might not be the best time to start checking your email. The system automatically knows which room you in. The charge is added to your hotel bill.

There’s also wireless internet provided by T-Mobile. Signing up with a credit card is easy and instant. It’s 8 euro for an hour, or 29 euro for a month. The one-hour pass counts your usage per minute, so you can log off and use the remaining minutes later. The one-month pass is simply valid for a month of unlimited access. Both passes are valid for any T-Mobile hotspot in Germany, such as those at Berlin’s airports.

The wireless works great for email and web surfing. I couldn’t get a reliable connection with Skype on Tuesday, but it’s been working fine since Wednesday.

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