Hotel Puts iPhones & iPads In Guestrooms. Landlines One Step Closer To Obsolescence

Hotel Puts iPhones & iPads In Guestrooms. Landlines One Step Closer To Obsolescence

Remember when you strolled into your hotel room and plugged your smartphone into that clock radio on the nightstand? It looks like the days of BYO gadget are dwindling, if the OPUS Vancouver hotel is any indication. Check in, and you'll have an iPad 2 and an iPhone at your disposal for the duration of your stay.

And yes, you can take the iPhone with you when you hit the clubs. And also yes, you have to leave it behind when you check out. It's may be enough to make you want to stay a little longer though.

iPad At The OPUS Hotel

“Technology is a way of life today, not just a perk, and that holds true even while traveling. For the first time ever, guests can take their hotel phone off property, stay connected to the Internet, and receive and make phone calls,” says general manager Nicholas Gandossi.

Not surprisingly, OPUS customizes the iPhones with one-touch access to guest services. Aside from international roaming fees, calls are complimentary. As a security measure, the hotel wipes the phone's data (and the phone itself, we hope) before handing it to the next guest.

All this can't be good for landline phones (which you won't find on your stylish OPUS nightstand). First, tech-savvy and cost-conscious consumers realized they could get by (and maybe save themselves some hassle) with only a mobile phone. Then, mainstream users started to pick up on the idea. Hotels giving the boot to landlines makes it look like this snowball is picking up some speed.

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Money wise this makes total sense. Revenues are down so put in a VOIP wifi system and bam your whole hotel is covered with no wires or wiring to the greatest part and for a much lower monthly cost. This is an ever evolving trend though I think. You can look back through history and see when things change on a wide scale (IE: the industrial age etc) it happens slowly over time. Many are mad about the economy in the US but if you have noticed it is a world wide trend. It may have some input from politics etc but it is much, much deeper than that really. I know the entire economy and general way of life is changing right now. It may be faster than usual, and technology usually is but I am pretty sure it usually takes 2-3 generations to complete generally to a completion point.

It is kind of relevant really as I have a 5 year old a 13 year old and a 19 year old daughter. The difference between the 19 and 13 year old is closer and that is especially because I have been in technology personally on a professional level there whole lives. The 5 year old though can do anything with a computer no question so a kid born today in an american city would be disconcerted most likely if the internet was out, but that is besides the point.

With the changes everything shifts including money and the way it is used, made, and that transactions are dealt with in general. So this I see as a normal event and would predict in 5 years that it will be the opposite of today where we see this as the norm and land lines as something different. Do not forget wifi also has powerline and other invisible methods of connection competing with it. It will especially be the norm in any even sub-metro area. Much like an MP3 you get a slight degradation in quality but it costs half if not a full quarter of the price so people will adapt and when it means saving money in the bargain business's do it first.

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