Heineken/BT Openzone deal delivers free Wi-Fi to UK pubs

By Posted 23 Aug 2011, 20:14

Here is some exciting news for those of you who prefer to retreat to your local for a pint of lager rather than be stuck at home all day, as Heineken and BT Openzone have teamed up to provide 100 pubs in the UK access to Wi-Fi. Now users of the service can enjoy a drink whilst having access to the internet. The deal will also see another 200 pubs and bars with access to Wi-Fi by the end of 2012.

The news comes from an article at The Register, which says that the Wi-Fi pub is a big improvement from the Wi-Fi café or coffee shop that we’ve seen in the past. Despite the improvements, it is thought that one major issue still remains and that is there will not be allocated power sockets for each individual who wishes to use their Wi-Fi enable device in the location, whether it’s a mobile phone or a laptop. This means using the service may only last as long as the battery of the devices does.

The 100 new Wi-Fi hotspots that have been allocated to these properties are part of 200,000 sites which BT has added in the last few months, to their already 3 million strong Wi-Fi areas in their UK network. Access to BT Openzone is free to existing customers who already pay for BT Broadband and is expected to cost those who aren’t customers a subscription fee of some kind.

Heineken and BT’s new deal has also incorporated i, the mini-independent newspaper, so the content for the news providers can be found online as part of the ‘Heineken hub.’ Other public places which have access to BT’s Openzone include Roadchef and Welcome Break Costa motorway services, Ramada Jarvis and other major hotel chains and Starbucks.

Will you be enjoying a pint whilst surfing the net in future?