Originally created 08/25/04

T-Mobile to install Wi-Fi hotspots at Red Roof Inns



CARROLLTON, Texas -- Accor North America has reached an agreement with T-Mobile USA Inc. to install wireless Internet access throughout all of its Red Roof Inns over the next year, officials said.

The Wi-Fi hotspots will work in guest rooms and common areas, such as lobbies and conference rooms, the companies planned to announce Tuesday.

Customers who don't subscribe to wireless-fidelity service from T-Mobile or one of its partners will be charged $6 for the first hour or $9.99 a day. Pete Thompson, a marketing director for T-Mobile, said the company would give a free day pass to first-time users staying at a Red Roof Inn.

T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, and Accor declined to give details of their agreement, including whether they will share installation costs and user fees.

Accor said the service is part of a $200 million facelift for the chain of about 350 Red Roof Inns, which cater to budget-conscious business travelers.

The service will be installed first in renovated hotels in Detroit, Cleveland, Washington, Philadelphia, parts of New Jersey and Columbus, Ohio, Accor spokeswoman Kelley Johnson said.

Accor North America is the Carrollton-based U.S. subsidiary of French leisure chain Accor. It also owns the Motel 6 chain.

T-Mobile said it operates more than 7,300 hotspots worldwide, including many in airports and at Hyatt hotels, Starbucks coffee shops and Borders book stores.