In February 2007, we reported on talks between BT and FON over a deal to embed the FON software into the BT Home Hub. Based on the press release sent out by BT today, this has come to fruition and BT Total Broadband customers are just a click away from having access to the FON Wi-Fi network.
By agreeing to allow people to share a small portion of their home broadband connections Internet capacity, users will be able to use Wi-Fi enabled devices when away from home by accessing another BT FON connection. This functionality is embedded in or will shortly be added to BT Home Hub's and using the devices remote software upgrade mechanism.
This is the start of something very exciting for BT. Today we are launching a people’s network of Wi-Fi, which could one day cover every street in Britain.
We are giving our millions of broadband customers a choice and an opportunity. If they are prepared to securely share a little of their broadband, they can share the broadband connections of 190,000 others without paying a penny.
We have built a public Wi-Fi network and 12 Wireless Cities already, but today we are saying to customers, let’s build a Wi-Fi community together, which covers everywhere and serves everyone.Gavin Patterson, Managing Director (Consumer), BT Group
BT Total customers of course already have access to the BT Openzone Wi-Fi network but with some three million broadband customers many of who will have a BT Home Hub, there is a lot more scope for managing to get a wireless network connection anywhere in the UK. BT customers can sign-up and read more at www.btfon.com.
It is worth clarifying that if you have a BT Total connection and a FON router already, you will still need to agree to the BT FON deal. Any Foneros (the name for FON users) can use the BT FON hotspots and vice versa. This deal does not give Foneros free access to BT Openzone hotspots, which remains part of the BT Total broadband packages.