I’m blogging this from the Maritim hotel in Frankfurt, via a T-Mobile hotspot. I got my login data via SMS, no idea if it will still be valid if I don’t use it all today.
It’s not exactly the globall passport Matthew invented, but it’s better than nothing.
Driving to the hotel, I found umpteen hotspots again. The coolest moment: I actually got my email while stopping at a red light – I’m not the GadgetGuy for nothing :)
Update: T-Mobile doesn’t get it. I used the network for about 3 minutes (checked my email, wrote a blog entry), then logged off because the conference began. In the next break, I tried to log in again: login token no longer valid.
This means that the login code you get is valid for the time period of one hour after first use, not for one hour of usage. This is plain stupid. Why? Because that’s not the way you’re working on the internet – you don’t prepare things offline, then start an online job that takes one hour to finish. You (at least if you are a bit like me…) download something, maybe a web page or some emails, then you read through them. No net connection in that time. Later, you may get some more data (click on a different web page) and/or send some data (reply to emails). T-Mobile’s billing model doesn’t support that. In my case that means I paid EUR 7,95 for 3 minutes of net access. There’s no way I can use the spare 57 minutes (being “spare” minutes from *my* point of view only…).
I can only guess they’re trying to make things simple by not having to do accounting, but regarding the price tag, this is not acceptable. I doubt that this helps maximising the profit they make from this kind of access. Anyone who made that experience will only be using the service in a case of need, so access points will be idle most of the time. “Idle” also means not making money. Bad move, T-Mobile.