O2 customers losing access to BT Openzone WiFi hotspots

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The number of free WiFi hotspots available to O2 customers is set to dramatically reduce from the 1st July, as the agreement with BT Openzone comes to an end.

Users with WiFi enabled handsets have been able to log on to BT's network of 5 million Openzone hotspots for free. However, the agreement between the two companies will come to an end at the end of June, leaving O2 network customers with access to the 8,000 odd O2 WiFi hotspots located around the nation.

O2 have a number of hotspots located in major retail outlets, including McDonald's, Debenhams, Costa Coffee, All-Bar-One, Café Rouge, Toni & Guy, House of Fraser and all O2 High St. Stores. But the number of hotspots is insignificant when compared to the millions available from BT.

To help users locate hotspots, users can use the online hotspot locator, or download the O2 WiFi app, which is available for Android handsets and the iPhone.

In a statement, O2 said: “From 1 July 2013, we will no longer offer access to BT Openzone WiFi hotspots to our customers. We will continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 WiFi through exciting partnerships with venues including O2 shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the U.K.”

O2 users who wish to keep on using BT Openzone will need to register directly with BT. For more information O2 have a consumer WiFi help page available, here.