Terminal comprising of a 15" LCD
screen and small keyboard, installed in many hotels, restaurants, and pubs around Ireland
. It allows a limited form of WWW
and email access at an outrageous price (typically around £1 for 8 mins).
Although probably installed by phone & Internet companies as a form of advertising and to popularise the concept of the Web, they're a curious feature, because no one ever uses them. In the past year or two that they've been around, I've never seen a single person actually put money in and use one of them. And I'm around them a lot. Some kids go up and play around with them, or curious tourists might have a look. The prohibitive price seems to deter most people, who won't even try it once.
I suppose, if people want restricted, expensive Internet access 'on the go', they'll use WAP. And even that's cheaper than these booths.