Free Wi-Fi: O2 to build network across UK

By Posted 26 Jan 2011, 09:25

Finding somewhere that has a free Wi-Fi connection with a good signal can be a difficult task when you are out and about. But now thanks to O2 this could about to become easier with the roll out of a free network.

According to Kate Solomon of TechRadar you won’t even have to be a customer of O2 to enjoy the service. The Wi-Fi hotspots will be available in public spaces and retailers across the country, and like BT Openzone users just have to sign up to the service.

Gavin Franks of O2 Wi-Fi said “We’re going to transform the stagnant Wi-Fi market with O2 Wi-Fi, “Demands on public Wi-Fi have changed drastically over the last three years; it’s no longer about getting your laptop out in a coffee shop for half an hour. Now people want to use it for five minutes in a shop to update their Facebook status instead.”

He added “Our main aim was to make it better than what’s already available; with consistent data speeds and a focus on usability. I genuinely believe it will transform the market and force The Cloud and BT Openzone to reassess their services.” The service is set to start in O2 retail stores in March, with other retailers and fast food chains in Q2.

In the mean time there are ways to find area’s that have a free Wi-Fi connection, ehow.co.uk has links for sites which will give you the nearest Wi-Fi spots to a location you type in. McDonalds has free Wi-Fi in all its restaurants across the UK, and some libraries have the service as well.