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Old 23rd November 2006, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Overcharged For Internet Access At Trade Shows?

What are some of the prices anyone is paying for Internet at Trade Shows?

Some conference centers charge hundreds of dollars for Internet Access at Trade Shows & Conferences. I have seen up to $800 for a 3 day event! Do Not pay these crazy prices. For about the same money, you could get a Mobile Broadband card that works everywhere, and/or a Mobile Router that allows 5+ computers to use one card. So, for the price of ONE show, you can pay for mobile access for a whole year...

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Old 23rd November 2006, 07:38 AM   #2
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Actually, I've been to shows where each space come with FREE access. And I've been to some with maybe $ 20 or so to run a cable to your booth. This is from smaller local shows to extremely large national and international shows.

I've tried wireless myself in some venues and found very poor connections, I don't know if they purposefully try and block service, so you have to use theirs, or if it;s possibly the construction of the building. I do know that on a number of occasions I've been less than successful with wireless.

Part of the problems with show prices is that you are often dealing with unions at the venue. $ 25 for someone to plug in an extension cord is also pretty ridiculous, but it's the price you pay if you forget to take your own.

I'm not trying to knock you sales pitch. But, the fact is that everything connected with shows, particularly in metro areas where unions are involved, is way overpriced in the the sense of what you would pay elsewhere.

And there are reception problems in some locations. While mobile is great, and I use it whenever possible, sometimes you just can't connect.

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Old 23rd November 2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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some shows are free, no question. But it is also true many venues severely over-charge for access, and many other services as well. Other, smaller venues may not even offer internet access as an option, so a Broadband card can cover all those scenarios. This option just give s you a way to control your destiny and not be held hostage by the events....and, for the same cost (if you do multiple shows) you then get basically free mobile internet for the other 355 days a year....

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Old 8th November 2010, 01:58 PM   #4
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Good advice. I use a broadband card for my home office and it works very well. The only issue is I typically gover over the data usage. But I have never had a problem getting a signal at a trade show.

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Old 21st December 2010, 02:42 AM   #5
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What are some of the prices anyone is paying for Internet at Trade Shows?

Some conference centers charge hundreds of dollars for Internet Access at Trade Shows & Conferences. I have seen up to $800 for a 3 day event! Do Not pay these crazy prices. For about the same money, you could get a Mobile Broadband card that works everywhere, and/or a Mobile Router that allows 5+ computers to use one card. So, for the price of ONE show, you can pay for mobile access for a whole year...

See my links on great ways to save big on trade shows
Wow, that is indeed crazy!! what are some of these people thinking?

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lol yeah. get a virgin mobile aircard. its good . do not get cricket tho. they lag and limit your bandwidth a lot after a certain amount is passed

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