I think you're not getting the implications. When in the physical store for Barnes & Noble, I sometimes check prices on Amazon. Same in Best Buy, Costco, etc. It's usually using the free wi-fi in the store. This would prevent that while you're in the store and on their wi-fi. I don't see what the use is other than to piss off customers that are currently on your store, however, as you could just turn off your wi-fi connection and use your cell phone's connection instead. But there you go.
Playing the long game to shoot yourself in the foot.
No, I get the implications just fine, and I believe most
folks won't even be aware of what's happening. They'll probably just accept that when in Amazon (or Amazon-owned franchise), you do as your Amazonian Overlords allow, and won't bother turning off Wifi. Further, I believe it is a dual-edged sword; like Deozaan said:
So is this a defensive patent which Amazon will use to keep benefiting from such behavior? So the likes of Walmart and Barnes & Noble can't stop you from checking the price on Amazon?
This is a patent
, which means that others can't legally use the same tech without negotiating with Amazon. That said, a simple router setting would do the same job, which leaves me scratching my head how... I just...
On a personal note: To be honest, if I'm in a brick-and-mortar store, I've already done my online homework, and I am there for the express purpose of buying something that I need that day, and I am fully aware that I am paying for the convenience. On many occasions I have gladly paid Radio Shack (R.I.P.) 5 bucks for a 75 cent part because I needed it today
. No data plan needed.