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August 20, 2009

BT to double Wi-Fi hotspots to 1 Million

The number of Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK that BT operates is set to double to 1 million in the next 6 months despite it taking 7 years for BT to reach 500,000 hotspots.

With the demand for Internet available wherever we are due to more and more laptops and primarily smart phones such as the iPhone and Blackberrys. BT is looking to tap into this demand as social networking has meant that people are Facebooking and Twittering all day long to communicate with friends.

Dave Hughes who is BT’s Retail director told the Times newspaper

The real revolution is the handheld device. People are perfectly happy to get these devices out of their pockets in the street to update their social networking sites or check their emails, which isn’t the case with laptop

BT will look to add the extra Wi-Fi hotspots via it’s BT Openzone network, they already have Wi-Fi hotspots installed into Starbucks and Caffe Nero along with hotels such as the Hilton, Ramada Jarvis and Thistle hotels.

BT Broadband customers can access the hotspots for free and those who are not are still able to access the network at a cost of 0.5p per minute.

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- Filed under: News,Wireless Internet
- Tags: BT Openzone, BT Wi-Fi Hotspots, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspots
Author: Ruth @ 2:21 pm

June 29, 2009

O2 Mobile broadband customer now receive access to BT Openzone hotspots

O2 Mobile broadband customers are now able to use BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots due to a deal done between O2 and BT Openzone.

Currently O2 mobile broadband customers have access to around 7,500 wi-fi hotspots and this deal will mean customers have around 3,000 more available to them which includes all Starbucks after BT Openzone beat T-Mobile to be their new Wi-Fi supplier.

For customers to receive these extra Wi-Fi hotspot locations will require them to upgrade their Connection Manager software which at the moment is only available to Microsoft Windows users.
The new Connection Manager will also have other features such as a data counter that will log how much data transfer users use so they can keep on track of where they are up to with their monthly data allowance and be sent reminders when they have used up 75%, 90% and 100% of their allocated data.

Existing O2 mobile broadband customers can make use of this now and new customers will receive access from the end of July.

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