Apple's $5 Wi-Fi Fee Bites


Posted January 17, 2007 - By JLawson

You wonder if that small section that has been bitten out of the Apple logo was done so they could fill the void with your hard-earned cash.

In a move to bring 802.11n into the mainstream, it appears that Apple has plans to charge a $5 fee to unlock the preinstalled 802.11n technology that can be used in the latest Intel-based laptops.

While this same technology is being bundled with the new $179 Airport Extreme base stations, those of you who have already purchased your Intel-based Macs have to pony up $5 more for the privilege of using this faster wireless service. Once paid for, a patch is downloaded and you are off and running.

To put this in perspective, you are getting a faster service that is five times the performance and twice the range of the previous AirPort Extreme, so technically they should be charging $7 bucks....$5 for the speed plus $2 for the distance.

Does $5 sound so bad now when you are willing to pay $599 for the iPhone?

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Apple's $5 Wi-Fi Fee Bites


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