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Zurich Airport and their Wifi

By on March 8, 2014 in Switzerland

Zurich airport is a nice modern airport with some good shops after security, but their WiFi policy is terrible.

You get a free 60 minutes when you arrive, and then you have to pay (1 hour CHF 6.90, 4 hours CHF 9.90). They have the system so locked down that Starbucks is not allowed to offer free WiFi.  If you go into any of the airport lounges instead of having free wifi you get handed a little sticker with a username and password, and the username and password only give you 30 minutes access, after which you have to ask for another username and password. Totally nuts.

The WiFi thing is something I noticed all over Zurich as apart from the Apple Store on Bahnhofstrasse, and the Starbucks just across the road from the main train station, there was no free wifi to be found anywhere. (The WiFi in Starbucks was so heavily used that it kept crashing.) What was annoying was there appeared to be a lot of free WiFi around, but when I tried to use it I found that it was ‘pay-as-you-go’ WiFi badged as open by various stores and cafes. Very annoying. Why show the WiFi as open if you require an account?

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