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



5. jroc74

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3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Every February for an event that happens in Chicago I stay at the Hyatt. Great customer service and very clean. Glad to hear they offer this level of customer service complimentary. A free smartphone to use is well worth the price.

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Even the Hyatt wants your data. I'm sure "clear data" = "send all the data that is not copied already to Hyatt (and the Chinese secret police) and then put up big green window that says all data has been deleted".

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

$250 dollars is quite a good price for a device as good as this...I can see people not returning it on purpose.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Paying $250 for room and free phone, is useless. Paying this much price only rich person can pay that and of course he/she do have high end smartphone then why he/she needs.

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