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Internet cafes folding up in town

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  • 23-07-2008 6:24pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 20,009 ✭✭✭✭


    In the last few months two net cafes have wound up, i.e. Edgecom and the one opposite Downs & Howard’s. Competition had brought the price right down to e1 an hour so I don’t know how these places were making any money to begin with. Also the fact that many foreign nationals that would have been using the discounted phone service have gone home due to the downturn in the economy.

    I see the place beside Subway in the market is charging e3 an hour, will this mean the rest of them will now start to charge more?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 144 ✭✭seany2929


    In the last few months two net cafes have wound up, i.e. Edgecom and the one opposite Downs & Howard’s. Competition had brought the price right down to e1 an hour so I don’t know how these places were making any money to begin with. Also the fact that many foreign nationals that would have been using the discounted phone service have gone home due to the downturn in the economy.

    I see the place beside Subway in the market is charging e3 an hour, will this mean the rest of them will now start to charge more?

    The place beside the subway has more luxury and theres peace and quiet in there unlike the other places with foreigners roaring and shouting. That is why it can charge it or you can jus buy prepaid hours 30euro for 20 hrs so it only works out at only 1.50 then.:D
    The place across the road from it charges 2euro which is shocking:eek:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,009 ✭✭✭✭Run_to_da_hills


    seany2929 wrote: »
    The place beside the subway has more luxury and theres peace and quiet in there unlike the other places with foreigners roaring and shouting. That is why it can charge it or you can jus buy prepaid hours 30euro for 20 hrs so it only works out at only 1.50 then.:D
    The place across the road from it charges 2euro which is shocking:eek:
    I must admit that place across the road from Downs & Howard’s was like been in a packed third class rail carriage in India. I was there on two occasions when a fight broke out, another time the buttons of an antiquated keyboard went flying across the room. I was charged 1.50 for a minimum rate which was less than 1/2 hour in the one beside Subway

    I think the EEEPC will eventually kill off most of the net cafés in the country, I already I see them being used in free hotspots around Dublin by commuters. even on Grafton st.!! I took one to Ennis last week and could pick up the free hotspots around any of the hotels.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,949 ✭✭✭BLITZ_Molloy


    I remember when the one near D&H was on a single ISDN line. All the machines were spyware ridden to fook with and had about 10 different instant messanging clients leaking memory all over the place so they ran like dogs. Very badly run so it was.

    There's another new net cafe in the market.. it's almost behind the Icarus (actually not Icarus, think it's his dad whatever he was called). I'm not sure of the exact price but I'm pretty sure they only charge a euro an hour. The machines are all pretty good and there's nobody shouting into phones beside you or anything.

    The video rental shop on Carmody Street a couple of minutes away have a net cafe now too. Haven't tried that one.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,009 ✭✭✭✭Run_to_da_hills


    I remember when the one near D&H was on a single ISDN line. All the machines were spyware ridden to fook with and had about 10 different instant messanging clients leaking memory all over the place so they ran like dogs. Very badly run so it was.

    There's another new net cafe in the market.. it's almost behind the Icarus (actually not Icarus, think it's his dad whatever he was called). I'm not sure of the exact price but I'm pretty sure they only charge a euro an hour. The machines are all pretty good and there's nobody shouting into phones beside you or anything.

    The video rental shop on Carmody Street a couple of minutes away have a net cafe now too. Haven't tried that one.
    I believe that place oposite D&H was raided in the past by the BSA for copyright offences. Not sure who was the owners at the time, it had changed hands a few times. As I said before I dont use any of these places anymore, just go to Temple Gate or West County and have a quite cup of coffee with my EEEPC. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,462 ✭✭✭finbarrk


    Is there free internet in the library like in more towns?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,949 ✭✭✭BLITZ_Molloy


    finbarrk wrote: »
    Is there free internet in the library like in more towns?

    We're the information age town! Does anybody want to buy a Pentium 2 350mhz machine with a 2gig harddrive? I've got a big stack of them and I'm doing two for a fiver.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,009 ✭✭✭✭Run_to_da_hills


    We're the information age town! Does anybody want to buy a Pentium 2 350mhz machine with a 2gig harddrive? I've got a big stack of them and I'm doing two for a fiver.
    You should be paying a fiver each to remove these things from your possession. They were the Bain of every PC technician in Ennis for the last 10 years and thank God they are fast becoming a dying breed with more and more finding their way to the recycling dump in the Gort Road industrial estate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭midgetflynn


    only ever used the one across the way from Subway,next to/near glitzy bitz.it was an interesting experience....


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,462 ✭✭✭finbarrk


    We're the information age town! Does anybody want to buy a Pentium 2 350mhz machine with a 2gig harddrive? I've got a big stack of them and I'm doing two for a fiver.

    That doesn't answer my question though.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 23,968 Mod ✭✭✭✭Clareman


    Yeah there is, it is limited I believe and they enforce time limits I think


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 144 ✭✭seany2929


    only ever used the one across the way from Subway,next to/near glitzy bitz.it was an interesting experience....
    :pac:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,949 ✭✭✭BLITZ_Molloy


    finbarrk wrote: »
    That doesn't answer my question though.

    I was showing mock pride in our up-to-dateness. Our libraries had like 20 pc's in them in 1997 because of the governments Information Age Town project. The town is now awash with old beige clunkers.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,009 ✭✭✭✭Run_to_da_hills


    The town is now awash with old beige clunkers.
    I still cannot understand how people can still use these things, The government should offer some kind of a scrappage deal to help rid town of them.


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