Today, in a Senator's Lounge in Munich, I decided to chat up a cute-enough agent to try to get free Wi-Fi. In the German Senator's Lounges, Wi-Fi is free to First Class and Hon Circle members, and pay access for everyone else. T-Mobile runs the service, and it is priced much like it was when Delta, United, and American were charging for the service in the US.
Here's the conversation, translated from German:
Me: Hi there, gorgeous. Is Wi-Fi free for Star Gold members?
Her: (laughs) Aren't you sweet? Sadly, it's still with a credit card. But starting July 1st, throughout the German lounges, Wi-Fi will be free for everyone.
Me: Really? What about in the US?
Her: Unfortunately, I don't know. But I know it will be free in Germany.
Me: For everyone? Really?
Her: Yes. For everyone in the lounge.
So there you go. You heard it here first, unless someone else already reported it. I haven't seen anything about this on line, and I'm too elitist to go looking. This may make no difference to you, but frankly, for those of us in Germany, it was a little overwhelming to pay the insane Wi-Fi charges to T-Mobile. It's also somewhat surprising, as generally, to get out of a contract with Deutsche Telekom (or any company in Germany), you generally need to leave a dead horse head in the bed of the contract writer.
Per Matt, Wi-Fi is already free for everyone in the US Senator's Lounges.