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BT Gives Unlimited Wi-Fi To Broadband Customers

Telecommunications giant BT has announced that it will be giving unlimited Wi-Fi access to its Total broadband customers via BT Fon and BT Openzone wireless hotspots acrsoss the country.

There are currently around 1.5 million such locations in the UK and this number is set to grow to over 2.5 million by the end of 2011, providing BT with the biggest hotspot base nationwide.

John Petter, consumer managing director for BT Retail, said in a statement that "Because of the growing number of BT customers with mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, we know that mobile access to the internet is needed more than ever before."

The move comes as other mobile network operators like O2 have started to rein in their "unlimited" broadband claims. The Wi-Fi coverage will be available exclusively for BT customers on all BT Total Broadband packages.

However, delving deeper into BT's meaning of "unlimited" and we found out that the service is subject to fair usage policies, but rather than giving you a classic data quota, BT has chosen to restrict usage to 10,000 minutes per month instead, which is roughly equivalent to a whole week of connectivity.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.