Berlin's Massive New Airport Will Have Everything Except Free WiFi
Ugh—we’ve got more bad news when it comes to the scheduled arrival of Berlin’s new airport. In case you haven’t been following the latest, we’ll fill you in. The new airport in Berlin was set to replace the old ones back earlier this month, but a revised grand opening date for Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport is now set for next March. It's all kind of embarrassing for Germany.
The latest bad news out of the airport is more of a blow to folks like us, because Boingo has been announced as the WiFi access provider in and around the terminal. That’s not the best news, because anytime we hear the word Boingo we immediately are reminded of the need to enter in some credit card digits in order to obtain access. In a few words: BER will not have free WiFi. Maybe it’s just us, but you’d think that in 2013 free terminal-wide WiFi would be pretty much a standard airport amenity.
Basic freebie access will only get you around 30 minutes of connectivity, limited to email, streaming audio, and exploring your social network. After that a credit card will be needed to verify identity or to upgrade to the premium service, and then you’ll be able to suck down a little bit more bandwidth. This is similar to what Detroit-Metro International Airport will switch to this September, after being strictly pay-only.
After all the airport delays we’ll be pleased to finally arrive at the airport for the very first time, but even with new airport scent—no free WiFi is still a disappointment.