Business travelers waste $1.33 billion a year for communications

The Business Traveler Connectivity Cost Index compiled by Rethink Technology Research and iPass highlights that business travelers who use smartphones, tablets and PCs while on the move are collectively wasting $1.33 billion a year in charges.

The report focuses solely on North American and European business travelers and estimates that an American traveling internationally on business is racking up between $828 and $1,780 a month in cellular roaming charges.

For Europeans traveling internationally, the monthly costs could be as high as $2,130 a month. The average business traveler now consumes 4.5GB of data a month.

That’s also why free wi-fi is a problem. As well as being unsecure, it’s often too slow to allow anyone, holidaymakers or business travelers alike, to do much more than check emails.

“Around 50% of hotels who say they offer free Wi-Fi charge a premium for a service fast enough to actually work on,” said Peter White, Principal Analyst and Founder, Rethink Technology Research.

The report calculates that if travelers all used global roaming subscription services, as much as $1.33 billion could be saved annually.

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