O2 teams up with BT to extend Wi-Fi hotspot reach

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O2 customers can now feed their internet habit more frequently thanks to a deal with BT that will give them access to more BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots.

The move - which adds access to some 3,000 hotspots - comes in parallel with an update to O2 Mobile Broadband Connection Manager, the software used to manage data usage.

The software update will ensure users don't have to re-enter security passwords every time they try to connect to a wireless network at home or on the move. Instead, it will copy over profiles during the software installation process. They'll also be shown a counter so they can keep an eye on how much data they're actually consuming.

"We appreciate that our customers want to get the most from their mobile broadband service and we continually look to provide value-added services for them," said Jonathan Earle, head of O2's Pay Monthly arm, in a statement.

Existing customers will benefit from the new access and software from today, while those about to sign up to O2 will have to wait until the end of July to take advantage of the new hotspot access and software.

The move complements the thousands of hotspots O2 already makes available to its customers, including those belonging to its Wi-Fi partner The Cloud.

O2 recently caused uproar by announcing that users who'd bought the iPhone 3G would have to sit it out until the end of their contract - or cough up - if they wanted to get their hands on the next-generation iPhone 3GS.

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Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.