"People are more fixated than ever on the devices they have in their hands," said Glenn Haussman, editor in chief of the industry website HotelInteractive.com. "Everything they want to do, they want to do through that device." And given the ongoing proliferation of smartphones and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, they certainly don't want to pay for it, at least not twice. "You can carry your iPad and access the Internet almost anywhere you are," said hotel consultant Ted Mandigo of TR Mandigo & Co. "Why pay a hotel $7.50 or $9.50 a day when you can get the same convenience through your annual contract?" While the number of people bypassing hotel-based Wi-Fi is tough to quantify, the trend is playing out in a rapidly changing environment. Even as more hotels offer complimentary Wi-Fi — alas, it's more prevalent at lower-cost hotels than high-priced ones — the proliferation of Web-enabled devices is taxing systems and forcing hotels to constantly rethink their strategy. Get the full story at msnbc