WiFi Wars – The saga continues

Quantum of the Seas this week announced special packages for its ground breaking high-speed WiFi.

Quantum has changed the rules for technology, but has it also had a similar affect on prices?

Royal Caribbean are certainly the price setters when it comes to the Pay As You Go rate.

Their 0.65 cents equates to $39 per hour, $8.40 per hour cheaper than stablemate Celebrity Cruises at 0.79.

Their super fast Internet access has been the talk of the town – but not all the reviews have been positive. Some guests complained the WiFi was not working at the speeds the line claimed it would.

It is a minor glitch that is being resolved. But there is one major factor that can’t be overlooked – the affordability of the Quantum WiFi packages.

A basic one-week package will cost $150. A faster premium package that enables streaming will cost $160 and the premium-plus package for guests who require the fastest speeds will cost $280.

Breaking down the numbers, P&O Cruises offers Internet packages 40c/min (250 Minute Plan $100). The line also offers a Pay as You Go (PAYG) rate of 75 c/min.

Princess, which dropped its prices in 2013, offers packages from 33c/min (600 minutes for $199) and a PAYG from 79c/min.

Carnival Cruise Lines offers PAYG rate of 75c/min and plans range from 33c/min (480 for $159).

Now on Celebrity Cruises, the PAYG rate starts at 79c/min while Royal Caribbean still comes up on top with the cheapest PAYG rate of 65c/min. It has basic packages starting from $35.

While these charges seem small, the difference widens once you calculate the cost per hour.

0.65 cents = $39

0.75 cents = $45

0.79 cents = $47.40

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