The current issue of PC Mag is running a big story titled The Well Connected Traveler. They cover all the gadgetry that you’ll ever need to take with you on the road.
But it’s not all about the hardware. More business people rely on being connected to be productive with their work. Emails need to be checked, WSS team sites need to be accessed, and general research needs to be done.
It feels like PC Mag painted an overly rosy picture of what business travel is really like (and maybe that’s what sells magazines for them). They compile a list of:
If you read over the charts, you find that none of the major US airlines have wifi on-board, only a handful of airports give you free wifi, and most hotels are still getting away with charging for internet access.
Tech columnist John Dvorak goes on later in the piece to say:
Hotel connectivity outside the U.S. is generally sub-par. It is often unreliable even in hotels that cater to business travelers. I can’t tell you how often I’ve checked into a brand-name hotel to be told that the network connections were down and would remain down for the next few days.
I’m not sure about how well connected the traveler really is.