BT Press Releases

DC12-038                                                                                      6th February 2011

BT Wi-Fi Hotspot Numbers Pass 3.5 Million

BT today announced that its Wi-Fi hotspot numbers have hit a new high with 3.5 million across the UK and Ireland. BT has also launched a new BT FON app for BT home broadband customers giving easier hotspot login from a Blackberry.

BT Total Broadband customers have free and unlimited access to the one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in the world**. The numbers include more than 380,000 in London, 25,000 in Birmingham and Leeds, around 20,000 in Manchester, Edinburgh and Sheffield, and more than 11,000 in Liverpool, Brighton, Bristol and Cardiff.

The new Blackberry app, which makes it simple to get online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9qJZPM0sfs follows the success of apps for Apple and Android users. The apps are in response to the smartphone and tablet boom. These devices are now overtaking laptops and PCs as the Wi-Fi device of choice*.

BT Wi-Fi hotspots are free to six million BT broadband home and business customers. They are found at homes, independent businesses, city centres and well-known brands including Hilton, Thistle, Ramada Jarvis and Macdonald hotels’, Starbucks , Welcome Break and RoadChef Costa service stations, American Airlines and SkyTeam airport lounges plus Network Rail stations.

John Petter, managing director, consumer, said: “Millions of BT broadband customers are enjoying free access to the one of the biggest Wi-Fi networks in the world. Our free apps for the Apple, Android and now Blackberry devices make getting online even easier and have already proved a huge hit with over 900,000 downloads.”

For more information visit www.bt.com/freewifi .

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Notes to editors:
* Source – Wireless Broadband Alliance news release issued on November 9, 2011
http://www.wballiance.com/
** BT broadband customers have access to all Fon hotspots, one of the world’s largest wi-fi networks as stated by Fon