O2 today announced a deal with BT Openzone to enhance the unlimited Wi-Fi package offered to all iPhone customers. From July 11th, iPhone users will have access to more than 3,000 BT Openzone premier Wi-Fi hotspots as part of their monthly tariff, for no extra cost.
The addition of BT Openzone to O2’s existing arrangement with The Cloud brings the total available public Wi-Fi hotspots for iPhone customers to over 9,000. Both the iPhone and new iPhone 3G automatically choose the fastest network available and will seamlessly switch to Wi-Fi when the customer enters either a Cloud or BT Openzone hotspot. The hotspots enable high speed web browsing and access to other data services.
All O2 iPhone customers receive unlimited access to these public Wi-Fi hotspots as part of their monthly tariff, subject to an excessive use policy.
BT Openzone is available at more than 3,000 premier hotspots in the UK including 13 BT wireless city centres, coffee shops, railway stations, airport lounges, motorway service stations and marinas. It also gives easy-to-use broadband internet connectivity allowing users to browse the web, access their corporate networks, send emails and play internet games at convenient locations while on the move.
“By working with partners like BT Openzone we can maximise the web experience for iPhone customers,” said Ronan Dunne, CEO of O2 in the UK. “Public Wi-Fi hotspots ideally complement our mobile network, providing high speed web browsing and unlimited access to services like the iTunes Wi-Fi store in a wide variety of convenient locations.”
“The availability of BT Openzone on the iPhone 3G is in direct response to strong customer demand for a quality Wi-Fi service on their device. BT aims to keep customers best connected, any time and any place. With the iPhone set to become even more popular, BT is providing high-speed internet access at premier locations in the UK,” said Dave Hughes, director, BT Wireless Broadband.