Published on July 25th, 2012 21:49
It's the most inclusive Olympics ever… as long as you don't want to use the internet.
DRUGS! GUNS! KNIVES! 3G!
Which one of these is not the same?
3G devices appear on the list of items prohibited from this year's Olympics. which classes mobile base stations alongside illicit substances and weapons.
And don't try to sneak one in either, because the site warns “there are no storage facilities available and if you surrender an item, you won’t be able to get it back.”
This weird, draconian rule has presumably been invented to ensure visitors have to pay for access to one of the wifi hotspots Olympic sponsor BT have installed around the Olympic venues.
Tomas Mendoza, managing director of Tep Wireless which offers smartphones and pocket WiFi rental services, said: “We’re just two days away from the start of the first ever Olympic Games in the modern, digital era, but unfortunately the organisers clearly don’t appreciate the advantages technology is offering – and what the public expect as a result.
“These are the people who’ve had to go to the considerable trouble – and expense – of buying tickets, booking flights and finding affordable accommodation in one of the world’s most expensive cities. Their next priority is to have reliable and affordable mobile internet connectivity for all their devices so they can share their once in a lifetime experience with family and friends.”