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November 2011 update: (sign up at http://o2wifi.co.uk/my)

O2 announced at the beginning of 2011 their plans to launch a nationwide Wifi network which is free of charge even for non-customers. They now have a website where you can register for the service and find your nearest hotspot. So far (Nov 2011) service is only live in over 400 O2 shops, but more hotspots are planned at restaurants, shops, etc. Please note this is a separate service to O2's existing, larger wifi network for customers only. If you don't already have access to a wifi network (e.g. via a mobile phone contract), and your town centre has one of the 400+ O2 shops (check the site), this is one way to get online for free if you're nearby.




This was announced in January, but it's starting to become available now - worth checking locally to keep your data costs down.

News story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12863791
Link to O2 here: http://www.o2.co.uk/wifi

Fast Wi-Fi, that's free. For all.

We're launching a hotspot network called O2 Wifi. It's free. And you don't even have to be an O2 customer to use it.

Even if your mobile’s with another network or you get your home broadband from someone else, everyone’s welcome.

What you get:

Our Wi-Fi will give you speeds up to ten times faster than a normal mobile connection. So it’ll be as good for YouTube as it is for email. It'll be simple and safe to use.

Once you've signed-up, that's it. No passwords or usernames to connect. And it won't eat into your mobile's data allowance. Just quick Wi-Fi, whenever you're near one of our hotspots.

Where you'll be able to get it

By the end of the year we'll have set up thousands of hotspots. And by 2013, we'll have 14,000 hotspots across the UK – double the number any of our competitors offer now.

You’ll be able to use our Wi-Fi in shops, cafes and bars. Then train stations, airports, shopping centres, libraries, parks and stadiums.
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#1
If link above doesn't work - try here: http://www.o2.co.uk/wifi

Edited By: Newbold on Mar 30, 2011 19:41: Updated
#2
is this only available for IPHONE customers?
#3
Doesn't really mention how to sign-up. Do we just look for a local SSID that is called "O2 Wifi" and then try to connect?
#4
sahotag
is this only available for IPHONE customers?


Now available to everyone - you don't need an iPhone.
#5
luvclub
Doesn't really mention how to sign-up. Do we just look for a local SSID that is called "O2 Wifi" and then try to connect?


That's about it - yes.
#6
i can not find wifi to connect to it
1 Like #7
That's why I'll always be a loyal O2 customer - they're head and shoulders above all their competiton, whether it be in the home broadband or mobile telecommunication business.
#8
Is this service actually even live yet.....i'm assuming it's not as there's no mention of any locations....
#9
cookjackie
i can not find wifi to connect to it


Not available everywhere yet! Perhaps they need to have a national map on their website showing which areas are covered already and which are not.
#10
Must look into this
#11
Precisely. How are we supposed to know where they are! lol
#12
Hehe, if they did that you'd find large hoardes of smartphone users all clumped together in one place :)
1 Like #13
#14
diddly
#15
good if they offer more as im in a town and there is none near me apart from in twon
2 Likes #16
emmacowley
That's why I'll always be a loyal O2 customer - they're head and shoulders above all their competiton, whether it be in the home broadband or mobile telecommunication business.


Not in this instance they are not they are charging for pay and go customers to use the service, certainly been less than honest in their write up of the offer. Its not free wi fi for all, its free wi fi if you are on contract, it leaves Pay as you go customers out in the cold, having to pay a bolt on charge of £10.
Its a marketing ploy to get people to upgrade their handsets , it in effect penalizes non contract customers hardly progress. In order to be truly a market leader in this field they needed to untilize both i pod touch and other wi fi devices in the market. Starbucks already offer free wi fi as do many other outlets they are essentially using pre existing wi fi structure. Can the mods move this from freebies as some people will have to pay for the service its mis leading.

Edited By: damster on Mar 30, 2011 18:43
#17
as seen in your local Mcdonalds...
#18
damster
emmacowley
That's why I'll always be a loyal O2 customer - they're head and shoulders above all their competiton, whether it be in the home broadband or mobile telecommunication business.


Not in this instance they are not they are charging for pay and go customers to use the service, certainly been less than honest in their write up of the offer. Its not free wi fi for all, its free wi fi if you are on contract, it leaves Pay as you go customers out in the cold, having to pay a bolt on charge of £10.
Its a marketing ploy to get people to upgrade their handsets , it in effect penalizes non contract customers hardly progress. In order to be truly a market leader in this field they needed to untilize both i pod touch and other wi fi devices in the market. Starbucks already offer free wi fi as do many other outlets they are essentially using pre existing wi fi structure. Can the mods move this from freebies as some people will have to pay for the service its mis leading.



It's free for everyone to use, contract or PAYG.
#19
This may be a stupid question but....
Can you use the wifi on your laptop
#20
damster
emmacowley
That's why I'll always be a loyal O2 customer - they're head and shoulders above all their competiton, whether it be in the home broadband or mobile telecommunication business.


Not in this instance they are not they are charging for pay and go customers to use the service, certainly been less than honest in their write up of the offer. Its not free wi fi for all, its free wi fi if you are on contract, it leaves Pay as you go customers out in the cold, having to pay a bolt on charge of £10.
Its a marketing ploy to get people to upgrade their handsets , it in effect penalizes non contract customers hardly progress. In order to be truly a market leader in this field they needed to untilize both i pod touch and other wi fi devices in the market. Starbucks already offer free wi fi as do many other outlets they are essentially using pre existing wi fi structure. Can the mods move this from freebies as some people will have to pay for the service its mis leading.

I'm afraid you're wrong - this is genuinely free Wi-Fi, available to everyone, whether they're O2 customers or not. ;)
#21
humza100
This may be a stupid question but....
Can you use the wifi on your laptop

Yep! And totally free.
#22
emmacowley
cookjackie
i can not find wifi to connect to it


Not available everywhere yet! Perhaps they need to have a national map on their website showing which areas are covered already and which are not.


Try this: http://consumero2.directoryconnection.com/search.php

Not sure whether all the locations will be free yet, though. Some already are, and the rest will follow.
#23
maybe this is why their mobile tariffs are ahooting up.
#24
Having looked at the maps of where I live and various places in London I think it'll be a couple of years before they have got enough businesses to PAY for this. Even then, the coverage will only cover mainly business areas (shops, pubs etc.) and not residential areas.
I'll come back in 2013 and see how it's getting on ...
#25
I'd have expected most of the pubs, restaurants, coffee shops and McDonald's in my area that are offering this to provide free wifi to attract customers, anyway.

Sounds like O2 are just claiming credit for something that was probably always going to be provided by the businesses concerned.
#26
So is basically the cloud service?

I've never been able to get on that for some reason :(
#27
more info from the initial info from January - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/28/o2_free_wi_fi/
the service was trialled i think at a few spots in london and isnt active yet as can be seen with those hotspot checkers people have listed 99% of the results given are thecloud or BT neither of which are this new service .

there is no registration page as yet the the o2 link given looks to be just a place holder
#28
contact3
more info from the initial info from January - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/28/o2_free_wi_fi/
the service was trialled i think at a few spots in london and isnt active yet as can be seen with those hotspot checkers people have listed 99% of the results given are thecloud or BT neither of which are this new service .

there is no registration page as yet the the o2 link given looks to be just a place holder


Monday's BBC news story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12863791

Starting from today, O2 is rolling out plans that it says will more than double the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots available from services BT Openzone and the Cloud.

Already available in some parts of the country, clearly. Just a matter of waiting until it reaches yours, if it hasn't already. (_;)
#29
kingfisher
you might find this of use:-
[url=%0Ahttp://o2-cloud.directoryconnection.com/search.php]
http://o2-cloud.directoryconnection.com/search.php[/url]

That is indeed useful - I live in central Scotland and the nearest free wifi is at our local Wetherspoons. The second nearest is listed as a restaurant in Canterbury, Kent.
1 Like #30
these wifi spots have always been there and they are provided by "THE CLOUD" or also known as "the cloud" on wifi, 02 have probably teamed up with them and are promoting under 02 but its something that has been available in local cafes and restaurants and universities.
#31
Why are they doing this for FREE?
#32
Hmmm
#33
weikianng
Why are they doing this for FREE?

Yes that is a good question - free to o2 customers I could understand, but free to all?
#34
Lakeside
weikianng
Why are they doing this for FREE?

Yes that is a good question - free to o2 customers I could understand, but free to all?


They've probably worked out, as have Google, that free services produce a huge benefit in terms of public and customer goodwill. Microsoft took the opposite route, and paid the price - it became the norm to hate Microsoft, but that's not yet happening to anything like the same degree with Google.

I imagine the business model also has some other benefits for O2 which have yet to come out. You can be sure that there'll be some payback for them, though.
#35
Yes I suppose you are right - and once the facility/network is in place the major expenses are over, running it shouldn't break the bank.
#36
Newbold
Lakeside
weikianng
Why are they doing this for FREE?

Yes that is a good question - free to o2 customers I could understand, but free to all?


They've probably worked out, as have Google, that free services produce a huge benefit in terms of public and customer goodwill. Microsoft took the opposite route, and paid the price - it became the norm to hate Microsoft, but that's not yet happening to anything like the same degree with Google.

I imagine the business model also has some other benefits for O2 which have yet to come out. You can be sure that there'll be some payback for them, though.


It's probably to relieve pressure on their network from the ever increasing data users and their smartphones. This is a much better idea than having to put up more infrastructure (well in a sense that is what they are doing but only for data)...
#37
I've generally found O2's 3G service is rubbish wherever I go, so I could understand this if it was for O2 customers only. It might be free to all cos O2 also provide the signal for Tesco Mobile and Giff Gaff as well.
#38
emmacowley
That's why I'll always be a loyal O2 customer - they're head and shoulders above all their competiton, whether it be in the home broadband or mobile telecommunication business.


Agreed. I've had mobile and broadband contracts with most of the operators and o2 have been head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to deals, speed and customer service.
#39
bah, i connect but i wont laod any pages, dont know if this is because i am on giffgaff.

Edited By: *Sloman* on Mar 31, 2011 11:55
#40
emmacowley
That's why I'll always be a loyal O2 customer - they're head and shoulders above all their competiton, whether it be in the home broadband or mobile telecommunication business.
Can't match Virgin on broadband speeds or value of mobile deals. IMO

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