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O2 Partners With BT Over iPhone Hotspots Access

iPhone - new and old - will get access to BT OpenZone hotspots as well as The Cloud ones from the 11th of July; this will bring the number of WiFi hotspots available to iPhone users to more than 9,000 across UK.

As part of their monthly tariff, they will be able to roam around wirelessly for free on BT's Openzone Premier WiFi hotspots; there is a fair usage policy although a spokesperson for O2 has highlighted the fact that as long as the iPhone is used for personal use, there will be no limits.

Obviously, this includes no heavy video streaming, no voice over IP, no phone-as-a-modem scheme and definitely no P2P on your iPhone.

iTouch users should also be able to use BT OpenZone; although this has not been specifically addressed in the agreement since the iTouch is not sold by O2.

Commenting on the partnership, O2's Head honcho Ronan Dunne said: "By working with partners like BT Openzone we can maximise the web experience for iPhone customers."

Back in October 2007, BT signed an agreement with FON and launched BT FON by flashing FON's firmware on all BT Total broadband Wi-Fi router and it is not known whether iPhone users will be allowed to use BT FON network as well.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.