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The phones at the resorts are wired, and they work fine; which leads me to wonder if just using wired connections for Ethernet instead of WiFi would work fine there too.

Maybe, but when you're dealing with networks about which you have little or no knowledge, it's hard to draw any useful conclusions.

Consider that in a properly configured network where computer data and VOIP packets are prioritized over data, so that no matter how many people use data, the voice calls should always sound good.

Second, if the hotel/resort/whatever is sharing a single slow connection among many users, it won't matter much if they're using ethernet or WiFi because the weak link will be the internet connection.

Clearly, wired Ethernet at a public place would not be slowed down at all by the presence of other establishments nearby

True. Just to be clear, it won't make any difference if Starbucks installs ethernet ports at every table. If there are 25 people in Starbucks sharing a wired ethernet network, performance would likely be no better than if they all used WiFi.

(There are unusual exceptions; I know of one place with a huge pipe to the internet (I think it's an OC48). At that location, there are two WiFi networks, and one requires a password. The "guest" network only runs 802.11g speeds, and it's always swamped. But they do have Ethernet ports in some locations, and I always use them when they're available.)
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