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BT make it easier to find Wi-Fi hotspots with iPhone/Android apps
Monday 06 September 2010 16:32:21 by John Hunt

BT have launched a new free smartphone app to help users find and connect to its Wi-Fi hotspots. The new apps available on iPhone and Android based devices allow users to search for nearby hotspots including BT Openzone and BT FON and if users are BT customers, they can connect automatically. The apps include a map to show users where the exact location is and this information is updated weekly.

BT currently have over 1.6 million Wi-Fi hotspots in their BT FON network, largely made up of business and residential broadband customers who can open up their broadband line to be used by other customers. Access is free to these hotspots for BT Total Broadband customers, and BT suggest using the app can help save users money by reducing mobile Internet costs.

"Millions of BT Total Broadband customers already get free access to the UK's biggest Wi-Fi network. This free app makes accessing Wi-Fi so simple you don't even have to think about it. This represents real value to our customers at a time when more and more people are using their mobile phone to access the internet."

John Petter, (Managing Director) BT Retail Consumer

BT are also donating 50p for every download to the BBC Children in Need Appeal up to a maximum of £10,000.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Ill stick to Wifi Analyzer on my Android based phone, complete with nice little statistical charts. and not desperate to log onto a BT FON spot and fill their pockets more.
Posted by frontieruk over 6 years ago
Why would an Android user want too? it's not like they get offered the same free wifi access that is offered to Iphone users...
Posted by TheGuv over 6 years ago
CB - Are you for real ?
Fon is a free service for BT BB users so to suggest it fills pockets further suggests you are one of those misinformed fools with a chip on his shoulder and a constant case of verbal diarrhea.

Please stop embarassing yourself with your regular displays of limited knowledge.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
^^^ FREE for BT Total Broadband Customers ONLY which im not....
http://www.btfon.com/support/faqs
quote"How much does it cost?

There is no cost to join BT FON. Membership is inclusive for BT Total Broadband customers. If you are not a member of BT FON you can purchase a voucher to access the Internet from a BT FON hotspot in advance by going to http://www.btopenzone.com/buy. When you are in range of a BT FON hotspot, simply follow the link on the BT FON landing page to buy a BT Openzone minutes."

JOG ON (AS YOU CALLED ME) FOOL
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
QUOTE"Do I have to be a BT Total Broadband customer to be a member of the BT FON community?
BT Total Broadband customers have the opportunity to join the BT FON community and get inclusive Wi-Fi minutes as part of their BT Total Broadband package. If you are not a BT Total Broadband customer but have broadband at home you can join the community by purchasing a FON Wi-Fi router. CONT...
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago

This provides the same safe access for community members and comes with a FON account that will enable you to access any BT FON hotspot whilst out and about. If you do not have broadband you can access the BT FON community by purchasing BT FON passes from the BT FON landing page"
Posted by TheGuv over 6 years ago
It's all smoke and mirrors with you.

Fon is still free service to BT BB customers and if you are not on BT BB you can get a Fon device to get you access to free UK wide Wifi too.

You're posting information having a go at Fon talking about filling pockets when they don't do anything of the sort.

Oh dear... more twisted facts by Carpetburn from the master of tom-foolery. No wonder you are regularly mocked on this site.
Posted by otester over 6 years ago
I think I'll keep my 3G thanks!
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Guv, if there's a mention of BT in an article or even if there isn't he'll have a dig. Its part of his routine like breakfast to me and you
Posted by themanstan over 6 years ago
BT FON is part of the FON network. BT has simply made their routers compatible with the FON network. Look up FON, it's a share and share alike network... so if you're not part of FON and want to use a FON wifi hotspot you pay. This is not a BT implementation, but a FON one. If you are part of FON you can use any FON hotspot for free anywhere in the world.
Posted by m0aur over 6 years ago
The only thing about switching on the Fon channel on the BT HomeHub, is that you lose a little download speed. I had it switched on for a while when I was with BT, but found I never used the service when out and about. I believe it is now switched on by default.
Filling BT pockets is a totally different argument. That is something I no longer do. A few months ago, BT changed their billing to in advance, so we had two months to pay one month. Now they are raising line rental again, with a years line rental up front as a get-out from the increase. Both these were big money grabs by BT.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
quote"Look up FON, it's a share and share alike network... so if you're not part of FON and want to use a FON wifi hotspot you pay."

Exactly, thats why i linked them to the FON site. I didnt even say whos pockets i would be filing FANBOYS just assumed it was another BT bash and we cant have that. But seeing as they asked, the purchase comes from here.....
http://www.btopenzone.com/buy/ so actually i assume you do fill their pockets anyway, oh no ive just realise the next arguement. They host that for free and pass all the money along.. obviously :rolleyes:
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Pathetic.
Posted by russianmonkey over 6 years ago
Quote: Carpetburn "and not desperate to log onto a BT FON spot and fill their pockets more."

Lets look at the press release.... "BT are also donating 50p for every download to the BBC Children in Need Appeal up to a maximum of £10,000."

Are you saying you don't want to download a FREE app just so the CIN appeal gets 50p from BT?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
^^^ Indeed i am oh and one year my tiny business collectively raised £27,000 for Children in Need, so their offer of an hours worth of petty cash is as the name suggests.... Petty. Ive also just donated £2000 via UNICEF to help out in Pakistan..... Dont talk to me about BTs so called help of children, organisation is worth millions and they you try to tell me £10,000 is them helping...... SPIT!
Posted by TheGuv over 6 years ago
That's quite sad.
International humanitarian who wont take 30secs to download an app and contribute another 50p because it's "too little"

Didn't think there was a "too little" contribution to charity.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
I think its quite sad you think 50 Fing pence will help anything.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Further more if they want to help so much why dont they at the least match that £10,000 thereself? If i download their app as ive pointed out i would have to pay for FON and their hotspots, why dont the give ALL THE MONEY from that if they care that much? and this is as you put it ALL FREE.
Posted by russianmonkey over 6 years ago
Don't BT give their advisors to help with taking donations on the night?

And they support the whole donation platform I believe....

That's got to be worth a few grand at least.
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
The do loads russian, CB please close your eyes:- http://www.btplc.com/Responsiblebusiness/Supportingourcommunities/Fundraisingandcharities/index.htm
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
^^^ They dont need to peddle PR nonsense about donating 50p's when you download their app then do they?
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
I don't think they are tho CB the app is there to download and there's a little give back if people download it, surely every little helps? I'd rather they do give something than don't?
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Why not just donate £10,000 then and say nothing? Its obviously a ploy to try to encourage people use their app, not a very good one either IMO
Posted by GMAN99 over 6 years ago
Or just don't bother to donate anything in future to keep the sceptics happy, or happier.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 6 years ago
Nah i think some causes are very worthy, if as a business you want to help, especially with anything regarding children which need help then donate away. I do, i just dont use my customer base to pimp what im doing.
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