Free Wi-Fi 24/7 @ PremierInn
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Free Wi-Fi 24/7 @ PremierInn

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Found 15th Feb 2015
Just received this email, I thought I'd share and give everyone the heads up.

Great news, now you can surf around the clock with our free Wi-Fi!

Yep, whether you want the latest news, to catch up with friends on Facebook or Skype the kids – it's waiting for you in every hotel, for free, 24 hours a day!

It's just another way we've made your home from home even better!

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This is good news. Always bugs me when hotels charge extra for WiFi in this day and age. Just include it in your rates!

Although it's speed limited unless you purchase faster, so god knows what you get

freestyle

Although it's speed limited unless you purchase faster, so god knows what … Although it's speed limited unless you purchase faster, so god knows what you get



Indeed..

http://www.premierinn.com/en/why/wifi.ImageRef.worksimage.Single.ImageRef.jpg

Want to stream films, watch catch-up TV or download larger files? For a connection that’s at least 8 x faster, you can upgrade to our Ultimate Wi-Fi from only £5 for 24 hours*.

Interested? Just select “Premier Inn Ultimate Wi-Fi” from your list of available networks.

*connect up to 3 devices

much better than Hilton!!!

We stay at Premier around once a month, it was free when we stayed last, but it is very slow.

It's barely usable, crippled for low bandwidth use, you need to upgrade if you want faster bandwidth e.g. Sky Go or Netflix

Not being funny but it's 2015. Free (limited speed) Wi-Fi should be available everywhere - even the tip.
Edited by: "M0nk3h" 15th Feb 2015

Should be free at all hotels

If its anything like ibis an other brands then you aint doing nowt apart from shouting about how awful the connection is,not only that i notice how in hotels the data signal on mobile devices is unbelievably weak,could be coincidence but its almost as if they are trying to force you to buy there premium slow-wifi

ta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm in the Premier Inn in Bracknell now, getting it for nowt so I'm delighted.

About time, charging for wifi is ridiculous. If McDonald's can give free wifi then premier in could have years ago. Thanks for the post.

Should be free at all hotels, b&b etc.
Broadband line rates are not expensive at all in comparison to room rates.....

Used this in Manchester on Friday, was pitifully slow.

Definitely wouldn't be able to Skype off it.

Free Wi-Fi is available at places like independent coffee shops, cafes and many other business' whose turnover is a lot lower than any major hotel chain

How hotels (In the UK) have had the audacity to charge for the past few years is just pure greed and an insult to their customers
4 years ago my partner stayed in a hotel in Bangkok and the Wi-Fi was free plus it was a 20mb connection. The room rate for that hotel was the same as what you'd pay for a Premier Inn room

They wanted to milk as much money from the punter for using wifi, but it looks ridiculous now most people have fast inexpensive broadband at home. Hotels are also nervous about giving free (fast) wifi in case it impinges on their Pay-Per-View.

I agree. We went to pay for wifi to find out the price had gone up to £5, ripoff, should be included with the room price, God knows you pay enough. They said they'd upgraded their free speed but couldn't do much with it, painfully slow.

Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, they blocked that option from their bog standard tv's too. We tried every which way!

cyber criminals they have just been on about them on tv! good that its free though, MIFI could be cheaper way if you want anything more.

JohnIIIrd

Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, … Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, they blocked that option from their bog standard tv's too. We tried every which way!



Most chain hotels do that. It's incredibly annoying.

Its worthwhile to note that Hotels have to provide internet connections for 100 people + Not a standard broadband like you'll think, but most likely a high powered MPLS or bonded DSL. They are expensive! That being said, Hotels try to recover the cost of that with a few people who are willing to pay the ridiculous rates for Wi-Fi in a hotel rather than pricing it at a point that lots of people would be willing to pay for, say £2-3.

Granted.. if you get a good contract on HUKD you can usually get good data bundles and sack off paying for hotel internet



JohnIIIrd

Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, … Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, they blocked that option from their bog standard tv's too. We tried every which way!



It's not difficult to unlock the 'hotel mode' on these TVs. Try googling 'hotel television hack'

It's useless. They have been trialing it at some locations and each one I have stayed at, I wish I could have paid for it (they insisted the free was the only option). Totally unusable for streaming whereas the previous level where you paid £3 per 24 hours was usually very good.
Would rather pay £3 for a connection that is usable than nothing for one that isn't!

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JohnIIIrd

Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, … Oh and another thing, good luck hooking an iPad up with an hdmi cable, they blocked that option from their bog standard tv's too. We tried every which way!


Whilst you are on the free wifi Google "hotel mode" for the tv model .
Get yourself into the engineers menu and off you go :-)

sancheez

Most chain hotels do that. It's incredibly annoying.



Every new Premier Inn I've stayed in has connections plate on the wall with HDMI input, USB and others.
Just like this media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/med…jpg

Had this email too.. pointless though. my 3G is much quicker.

Looks like I will still have to ring reception to get the adult channels on my TV then...

Just stayed in one of their hotels and all I could get was 30min free a day, oh well.

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MIDURIX

Just stayed in one of their hotels and all I could get was 30min free a … Just stayed in one of their hotels and all I could get was 30min free a day, oh well.


How recent was your stay? I believe they only officially announced this yesterday.

I tried the google hotel mode hack last time I hit one of these stupid locked TV's. It didn't get the TV unlocked. Found plenty folk who'd tried, and the instructions to do it, but none of it worked.

This was in a Travel Lodge. Won't bother me again in one of theirs mind you cos I'll never stay in one again as long as I live ....

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M0nk3h

Not being funny but it's 2015. Free (limited speed) Wi-Fi should be … Not being funny but it's 2015. Free (limited speed) Wi-Fi should be available everywhere - even the tip.



Taxis and buses in my town all have free wifi. I don't get how they do it. 4G data is expensive per GB and its very fast in my town. I downloaded a few GB on my way to town on Thursday

Aaron_QPR

How recent was your stay? I believe they only officially announced this … How recent was your stay? I believe they only officially announced this yesterday.


Wednesday and Thursday.

A lot of Premier Inn rooms are massively over-priced these days. OK if you can book way in advance, but if you can only plan a couple of days ahead you can get mush better deals in other hotels. And decent free wifi.

alex_dis

They wanted to milk as much money from the punter for using wifi, but it … They wanted to milk as much money from the punter for using wifi, but it looks ridiculous now most people have fast inexpensive broadband at home. Hotels are also nervous about giving free (fast) wifi in case it impinges on their Pay-Per-View.


Yes, but that inexpensive broadband doesn't have to handle 500+ rooms, add in video calling or streaming services (hotel customers more likely to use this if you think about it) then the infrastructure cost to support it just rockets, then you've got to ensure adequate density to handle all these concurrent connections which means a shed load of APs or distributed antenna. It ain't cheap (trust me, I've sold enough to hotels )

Your smaller hotels, coffee shops etc can get away with just throwing in a cheap AP in one corner and offering connection for free through a DSL line, expectations aren't high and concurrency less of an issue. Your big chain hotels are expected to have a reasonable performance yet large hotels are one of the worst environments to provide reliable WiFi...

tapi

Yes, but that inexpensive broadband doesn't have to handle 500+ rooms, … Yes, but that inexpensive broadband doesn't have to handle 500+ rooms, add in video calling or streaming services (hotel customers more likely to use this if you think about it) then the infrastructure cost to support it just rockets, then you've got to ensure adequate density to handle all these concurrent connections which means a shed load of APs or distributed antenna. It ain't cheap (trust me, I've sold enough to hotels )Your smaller hotels, coffee shops etc can get away with just throwing in a cheap AP in one corner and offering connection for free through a DSL line, expectations aren't high and concurrency less of an issue. Your big chain hotels are expected to have a reasonable performance yet large hotels are one of the worst environments to provide reliable WiFi...



It can't be easy to provide hot showers to 500 rooms, or efficient check-in, or nice bacon, but it is essential that hotels get these things right. The same goes for complimentary wifi in this day and age.

It's crap.

Even the ultimate wifi is crap

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I don't know who changed the picture in this deal but 'ultimate wifi' isn't free.

wave the carrot in front of the donkey. Let him sniff it then for £5 he gets to eat it!

Now I can boot Wireshark, tap into the hotel network & sieve out the other guest's clear text passwords for free!

They have given you half an hour for free for some time now, and the speed has always been fine. If I wanted to watch an hour long programme on iPlayer, I found the best thing was to download it within the 30 minutes free and then watch without worrying about the time. Didnt do this often as most of the time I just wanted to be able to check emails etc, which the free 30 mins was fine for.

Sounds like there is no time limit now but the service has been downgraded deliberately to provide a different way to lure you to pay money - if this means I cant check emails then I will just have to use my 3G dongle more.

I remember before I had the dongle, I used to drive up to McDonalds car parks all over the country and sit there borrowing their wifi from the car! Just needed to find a close enough space.
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