Hyatt Regency guests in Hong Kong get a free smartphone to use while in town

Hyatt Regency guests in Hong Kong get a free smartphone to use while in town
When traveling abroad, one of the major considerations that must be planned for the connected individual is how to stay connected. Swapping out SIM cards is often the more affordable way to do it, but for those that crave convenience, some will just bite the bullet in deal with high-dollar roaming packages.

If you happen to travel internationally to Hong Kong at all, you might want to stay at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui. There, guests are provided with a complimentary smartphone to use throughout their stay.

The device, an Alcatel OneTouch Idol X, may not be the latest banner waving flagship, but the 5-inch full HD Android smartphone is very well equipped and certainly more than capable at taking care of your business while in Hong Kong for a holiday (or business trip).  We gave the Idol X solid marks in our review.

The Hyatt does not skimp on functionality either, the smartphone is not crippled, you get unlimited data (with tethering support), unlimited calls within Hong Kong, to the US, UK, Australia, China, and Singapore. All the social media apps are on board, and you can download more on your Google Play account if you wish. When you check out, just hit “clear data” and the device is wiped, ready for the next guest.

The device has local coupon features loaded and other tourist related stuff.  It is quite the handy benefit to have available just for being in town. If you do not return the phone, you will be billed $250 for a replacement.

The Hyatt is not a bargain hotel, but the rates in a city like Hong Kong are pretty reasonable, so the complimentary smartphone is a nice amenity.

source: Engadget


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