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Internet access in the hotel

, posted: 5-Aug-2006 17:19

... usually are expensive and somewhat "alright".

At Copthorne Plimmer Towers, they provide internet access for $33.95 for 24 hours period (max, or $0.68 per minute). Which gives you 50MB traffic access, and in excess of 50MB, it is $0.10 per 1MB in the 24 hours period.

I have gone through our first 24 hours and probably used 60MB in total. All this because my VMC is not working as intended...

Why? well it worked fine for a few hours, and now it refuses to work. When plugged in, run the VMC software, the card detected and established connection to the card. The LED usually goes through yellow blink (GPRS detect), blue blink (UMTS detect) and then keep blink depending on which band it is on. But today, the sequence has gone haywired. It just blinks and blinks rapidly between colours and just both colours are on continuously.

Reported back SIM not found, and just doesn't work. When trying to close/terminate the VMC software, it reported back "SIM is not ready". I have tried JohnR's suggestion to use VMC SIM on a handset, and it finds the network fine, and was able to get on to a website via my Imate Smartphone2 Pocket IE. And I tried using my phone SIM on VMC, just after I launched the VMC software, and the LEDs blinked and flashes and stayed constantly on. (Any idea?)

1) It either the VMC card is broken; (May be??)
2) It doesn't like the laptop i'm using; (It was working great weeks and days ago up until 5 Aug 2006)
3) VMC Software/Driver is at fault. (However, I have reinstalled VMC software)


So it will become a pricey weekend, well somewhat. *fingers crossed*





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Comment by bradstewart, on 5-Aug-2006 17:42

Hmmm you should have run to the nearest VF shop


Comment by sbiddle, on 5-Aug-2006 17:42

You could always just use CafeNet - $10 for 24 hours


Author's note by chiefie, on 5-Aug-2006 18:44

If i use cafenet, i'm not in the comfort of in the hotel room, am i? hehe

Brad i would have but they all closed. will check if it is an issue with this laptop or not, when i get back to chch.


Comment by sbiddle, on 5-Aug-2006 21:13

I've had a mate stay there and access it OK from his room. I thought they had a site there but just check their site and they don't. Obviously depends what room you're in!


Comment by SNicolle, on 6-Aug-2006 11:30

TUANZ did a good article about the cost of broadband in hotels
In my experience it isn't very user friendly

I recently stayed at the Scenic Circle in Dunedin and used the Telecom Wireless Hot Spot over paying to plug in and pay for it.

TUANZ - Best in the Bedroom
https://www.tuanz.org.nz/library/51c59183-a5be-4354-a94b-c95ad3fb444d.cmr


Comment by Brenda, on 6-Aug-2006 16:51

Whatever you do.. DON'T EAT IN THE COPTHORNE PLIMMER RESTAURANT a friend of mine worked there, and was to serve a meal prepared while chef had smoked and cigarette dropped ash on it.. she lost her job for refusing. p.s. my blog is more purple than yours.


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