BT Press Releases

DC12 -325                                                                                           November 13, 2012

BT Wi-fi launches new Windows Phone app as hotspot numbers pass 7.5 million

BT today announced that its wi-fi hotspot numbers have passed over 7.5 million across the world, as it launches a new BT Wi-fi access app making it easy to find a wi-fi hotspot in the UK and to login from a Windows Phone device (www.bt.com/getwifi).

The new app, which will be available on the Windows Phone Store is the fourth BT Wi-fi app to launch. It follows the success of iOS, Android and Blackberry apps, which have now passed over two million downloads by BT Broadband customers.

BT Broadband customers have free and unlimited access to the largest wi-fi network in the world. The numbers include more than 65,000 in Birmingham and Leeds, around 72,000 in Manchester, Edinburgh and Sheffield, and more than 59,000 in Liverpool, Brighton, Bristol and Cardiff.

BT also has more than 500,000 hotspots in Greater London which were put to the test this summer by residents and visitors during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On the Olympic Park alone more than 170,000 spectators were welcomed every day, and it was estimated that over 50 per cent of them were likely to be using wi-fi-enabled devices. BT Wi-fi delivered an industry first with 100 per cent availability throughout the Games.

Andy Baker, CEO, BT Wi-Fi, said: “Our mission is to make it easy to find and use BT Wi-fi at our 4.5 million UK hotspots. The new Windows Phone app completes our stable of apps, making it really easy to find a hotspot out and about, no matter what type of device you are using.”

The latest BT Wi-fi access app makes it easy to find a wi-fi hotspot and login from any Windows Phone device such as the new Nokia Lumia 920.

BT Wi-fi hotspots are free to more than six million BT broadband home and business customers. They are found at homes, independent businesses, city centres and well-known brands including Starbucks, GAME, John Lewis, Hilton and Thistle hotels, Welcome Break and RoadChef service stations, American Airlines and SkyTeam airport lounges plus Network Rail stations.
For more information visit www.bt.com/freewifi.

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