In a few weeks I’m attending a four day live in course at a central Christchurch motel. Being hyper connected, I thought I’d contact them to find out what they have in the way of internet connectivity. I received this reply;

Dear Ben

Yes broadband in each room, the charge is 68 cents per minute and $33.75 for a period of 24 hours

Kind regards,

68cents per minute? Thats over $40/hour – that is a new record for me – I’ve experienced motels charging $5 and $10 per hour but $40 that is ludicrous.

I was going to be charitable but I won’t – charging like this needs to be exposed. The motel in question in the Holiday Inn on Avon, Christchurch. If you feel (as I do) that this charge is way over the top, I encourage you to drop them a line at


Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.


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