BT have announced a move to unlimited Wi-Fi for Total Broadband customers who use BT FON and BT Openzone hotspots to access the Internet when away from home. Previously, customers were limited by the amount of minutes available depending on their which BT Total Broadband Option they had chosen. BT will also be releasing a downloadable application will let users find one of the 1.5m hotspots.
"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. Now that operators like O2 are rationing 3G, BT Total Broadband customers can find fast Wi-Fi connections all over the UK’s towns and cities with unlimited internet access from 1.5 million hotspots.
Our BT Fon and BT Openzone networks expanded by 800,000 hotspots during 2009 and we expect to have over 2.5m hotspots by the end of 2011. This continuing level of expansion means that these networks are rapidly becoming the simplest way for people to access the internet when out and about. And not only is this level of Wi-Fi coverage unique to BT, it’s automatically included with our BT Total Broadband options."John Petter, (Consumer Managing Director) BT Retail
Of course, it's not quite as simple as offering completely 'unlimited' access. The BT FON Wi-Fi access is actually limited to 10,000 minutes a month (almost a weeks continuous usage). Above this and users will find their access suspended until next month.
The new free unlimited Wi-Fi does not apply to business users on the BT Business Total Broadband packages. These products come with a specific amount of minutes of Wi-Fi use.