BT provides free Wi-Fi for iPads


BT is giving out free Wi-Fi access to iPad users.

But only if they take on BT broadband at home.

The telecoms giant said it would enable access to its network of two million-plus Wi-Fi hotspots to customers who download a free application from iTunes. However, users will need a BT email address and password to gain access and these only come with its home broadband product.

As BT already offers free connections to its BT OpenZone and BT FON hotspots for iPhone and Android users with a broadband contract, the iPad app is "naturally the next step," according to John Petter, managing director for BT's retail consumer arm.

"The app makes accessing Wi-Fi so simple you don't even have to think about it and represents real value to our customers at a time when more and more people are accessing the internet when they are on the move," he added.

The app includes a mapping service so users can find out where their nearest hotspot is. It is available to download now.

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