Sony, you’re being cheated!
Sony is currently sponsoring the free WiFi hotspots in lower Manhattan, allegedly maintained by DowntownNY.
I say alleged because the service sucks.
Here is the status of the eight hotspots as of today, Thursday, November 9, 2006:
City Hall Park: Up with good signal.
South Street Seaport: Convince me that it exists! In a year of going there on and off I have never been able to find it!
60 Wall Street Atrium: Down since last Thursday. Hey, now they can throw a one-week anniversary party!
Wall Street Park: In a year of trying, I’ve never been able to find it!
Vietnam Veterans Plaza: In a year of trying, I was shocked to get a signal today!
Bowling Green Park: Up with great signal strength — but I can’t connect!
Stone Street: Up with good signal.
Winter Garden: Also down since Thursday. Today marks a full week!
So out of eight hotspots that are clearly displaying advertisements that boast:
Most NYC hotspots charge a cover.
VAIO brings you 8 for free.
— just what are you getting for your money other than a tarnished reputation due to the negligence of the organization that’s supposed to maintain these services?