Earlier this week I used The Cloud hotspots free of charge in Derby and London. On my laptop, they come up as chargeable.
So what’s going on? It seems that O2, the cellular airtime provider flogging network locked iPhones in the UK has struck a deal with The Cloud for free and unlimited WiFi access for iPhone users at its sites.
What seems to be happening is that some of the WiFi hotspots can’t differentiate between an iPhone and an iTouch, so they don’t bother, allowing free access to iTouch users as well.
And since the iPhone access is blanket, it seems The Cloud doesn’t require a login from iPhone users - its access points seem to sense the iPhone’s IP network code format and allow free access.
And as the iTouch has a similar IP code format, you can guess the rest.
I hope you enjoy your free WiFi iTouch Internet access…