Mobile Wi-Fi hot spots banned from London Olympics

By Rick · 9 replies
Jul 25, 2012
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  1. It appears that the LOCOG (London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games) plans to prohibit the use of mobile hotspots during the Olympics. Various news outlets managed to notice the fine print just before the event begins Friday this week. Although……

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  2. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 510   +152

    Wouldn't too many wifi signals in one place start to **** everything up?
  3. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Can they legally stop you from spitting out a hotspot?
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Seriously this is stupid there will be the same exact amount of people using there phones as a hotspot, and the cost to use the BT hotspots... that is just pathetic why does it cost so much I just hope a hacker or someone breaks the code and gets everyone free wifi complimentary of BT :)
  5. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +71

    There is no law to stop you but you could be asked to leave any venue/event where such activities is prohibited.
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Considering what the visitors will be paying for everything else while in London, I don't think $40 for 5 days it that egregious, they'll probably end up spending that for a pint at a nearby pub, but I wonder just how many British people are customers for all 3 of those vendors?

    If, lets say, 70% of the people use those services, then it won't be that bad for your average British person.
  7. DanUK

    DanUK TS Booster Posts: 211   +9

    O2 certainly have a big market share. Thing is the olympic venues will be full of people from all over the world!

    However your point still stands.. the prices people are paying for tickets.. an extra few quid for a 5 day pass is a relatively small amount.

    I can't really blame them for doing this (and I'm going to make the same assumption that this is BT driven), it's akin to cinema's stopping you from taking your own food and drink in etc.
  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Considering international roaming charges I think tourists to London won't be too put off by BT's charges.

    I'm really looking forward to the Olympics in my city but all this commercialisation and exclusivity crap has just gone too far. I'm waiting for someone to turn up to an event wearing a Pepsi t-shirt, Reebok cap and a Burger King take away and seeing what happens.
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  9. abdultraya

    abdultraya TS Rookie

    Speaking as the owner of one the worlds largest Wi-Fi networks based in Calgary, I am going to add this is awful. In 2012 they should (OC) be providing free Wi-Fi, make london a "smart city" like Calgary.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688


    I wouldn't be opposed to them keeping new Wi-Fi hotspots from forming. I would be opposed to them taking preexisting Wi-Fi Hotspots down simply because they are in range of the event.

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