O2 To Launch Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

By SpiderGuest

26 January 2011

Telecoms and mobile phone provider giant, O2, have unveiled new plans to launch O2 W-Fi hotspots around the UK available to the public as well as O2 customers.

The Wi-Fi connections are going to be around UK public spaces as well as in retailers. Similar to BT Openzone and The Cloud, O2 Wi-Fi will cost users absolutely nothing for connecting, just a few minutes of their time signing up.

The MD of O2 Wi-Fi, Gavin Franks said: “We’re going to transform the stagnant Wi-Fi market with O2 Wi-Fi..”

“Demands on public Wi-Fi have changed drastically over the last three years; it’s no longer about getting your laptop out in a coffee shop for half an hour. Now people want to use it for five minutes in a shop to update their Facebook status instead.

“Our main aim was to make it better than what’s already available; with consistent data speeds and a focus on usability. I genuinely believe it will transform the market and force The Cloud and BT Openzone to reassess their services.”

When Franks was asked if the Wi-Fi was a way for O2 to relieve the strain currently on O2’s data networks, Franks said:

“Our network is in a really good position. We have no concerns about its capability to deliver the data capacity required by our customers,” he said.

“Reducing strain on the network is a secondary benefit to the Wi-Fi network, and not a primary driver.”

The O2 Wi-Fi service is set to launch in O2 retail stores in March this year with commercial partners including shops, fast food chains and many more to follow.

So what do you think of the new O2 Wi-Fi scheme? Is it the way forward for everyone to be connected on the go? Give us a tweet.

-Via TechRadar

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