O2 Launches Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Network

O2 has announced the launch of a new Wi-Fi hotspot network that will be completely free to use and will be accessible to everyone even if you are not an O2 customer. Wi-Fi hotspots can be restricted and only available to those with a mobile or broadband subscription so this free service from O2 offers much to get excited about.

The O2 Wi-fi hotspot network will roll out with 450 locations to start with, mainly in O2 retail shops, with the ultimate goal to offer thousands of hotspots by 2013. O2 will open the hotspot access to everyone with availability in restaurants, shops and many other locations. O2 also say that the network will consist of “premium public hotspots” rather than using connections with limited bandwidth.

The sign up process is simple taking just a few minutes and all O2 customers will automatically receive access to the service by the end of 2011. Existing customers access to The Cloud and BT Openzone hotspots will remain in place for now although O2 hope its own network will offer double the access locations available from these by 2013.

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