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SERVICE: Rent from Avis and get your own Mobile WiFi HotSpot
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 26.05.07 - 13:31:55 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9963x
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Okay, the idea isn't that new anyway (see my posting from 2005: Pimp your Ride or how to make your car truly wireless) but Avis Rent A Car took it serious and launched its new service that provides Avis renters with portable wireless Internet access on Monday. The new Avis portable wireless Internet service works in the car as well as it can be carried anywhere, from the hotel room to the conference room and beyond, to help travelers stay connected wherever they go. Avis customers will be now able to rent an Autonet Mobile Service unit, the first "always-on broadband mobile network," which provides a portable mobile WiFi hotspot that works virtually anywhere. The new technology will initially be available in 10 U.S. markets, for an additional fee of US$ 10.95 per day.

Autonet Mobile Service takes the guesswork out of on-the-road broadband connectivity for business travelers and vacationers alike by turning any hotel room, lobby or coffee shop into a WiFi hotspot. It also provides travelers with a convenient portable way to obtain all of the information and services available through the Internet, including weather conditions, local news, entertainment/dining options, downloadable music and movies, and even traffic updates.

"Avis continues to be the rental car industry leader in launching new and innovative technologies that enhance both business and leisure travel for our customers," said Michael Caron, vice president of product and program development for Avis Budget Group, Inc., parent of Avis. "The Autonet Mobile Service not only enhances productivity for our business customers, but also provides convenience and hours of entertainment for families and vacationers at any time during their travels while on the ground."

Avis customers that utilize the Autonet Mobile Service do not need cellular data cards or special software loads to connect to wireless Internet devices: Simply turn on, logon, and surf. Autonet Mobile Service is compatible with all WiFi enabled devices, including laptops, MacBooks, Ultra-Mobile PC handhelds, and PDAs.

"Working with Avis allows us to offer unparalleled wireless access to drivers on the move," said Sterling Pratz, CEO of Autonet Mobile. For business travelers, families on the go, international visitors or vacationers, the Autonet Mobile Service offers broadband connectivity to any WiFi-enabled device, gaming, chat, email - you name it. With Avis, we are able to enhance the rental experience by keeping people connected."

Pretty cool - even if not that new at all. ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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