A hotel in Vancouver, Canada, is swapping its room phones with iPhones, providing international guests with a mobile phone they can use for the length of their stay.
The Opus Vancouver hotel says its guests can connect to the internet as well as make and receive phone calls, and avoid the hefty mobile roaming fees they would otherwise have to pay if they used an international SIM card while exploring Vancouver.
According to USA Today the supplied phones are automatically wiped clean of data when a guest checks out, and keep guests “connected to the hotel, since each iPhone is programmed with one-touch contacts for each of the hotel’s departments, whether the concierge, housekeeping or room service”.
The hotel, located five minutes by car from the City Square, began offering guests access to iPad 2 tablets with a Virtual Concierge application in March.
Opus Vancouver general manager Nicholas Gandossi says “technology is a way of life today, not just a perk, and that holds true even while travelling”.