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Swiss Rail drops plan to put Wi-Fi in trains

Swiss Rail has dropped plans to install Wi-Fi in its trains, according to the newspaper Le Matin.

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After a survey revealed that customers would only use on-board Wi-Fi it was free, the company decided there was no justifiable way to cover the cost, according the the newspaper.

Swiss Rail is not prepared to bear the costs the mobile operators would charge them for the service and cannot not justify adding the cost to ticket prices.

Someone has to pay and that can only be phone users, ticket purchasers, or taxpayers – Swiss Rail is heavily subsidized by Switzerland’s taxpayers.

Instead Swiss Rail plans to add devices to trains that improve the connection between passenger phones and mobile networks. Some trains already have these devices installed. Ones that do have a blue logo on them.

If after all of this you fail to connect, one alternative is to look out the window instead of at your phone or laptop. You might connect with something else.

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The newspaper Le News is a free, quality, local English language newspaper launched on 31 October 2013. Le News fills a gap in local Swiss media for the numerous English-speakers living and visiting Switzerland. In late January 2015 we decided to put our print medium on hold and focus on our digital media presence.
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