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Nokia launches free WIFI for London

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia and WIFI providers Spectrum Interactive have announced free WIFI access in London, until the end of year.

This is the largest trial of free WIFI, with 26 street based hotspots where following this trial there are plans for a large-scale rollout across London in early 2012.

Spectrum Interactive is one of the UK’s leading providers of WIFI services, where this free London-wide WIFI coverage area is a pilot that’s geared up to test consumer demand and browsing behaviour. This is along with making it easier for people on the move to access online services, and all for free.

The findings of the scheme will be used to determine the best locations for future hotspots, with the necessary bandwidth to meet consumer demand.

This WIFI network has 20Mbps speeds, from equipment installed in street-side phone boxes owned by Spectrum Interactive. Users do not need to register to use the service; they simply log-on to the network, accept the terms and conditions and web surfing can begin immediately.

The locations covered by this Nokia sponsored trial are Oxford St, Tottenham Court Road, Bloomsbury, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, Westminster, Sloane Square, Victoria and Marylebone.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.