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O2 launches its free nationwide Wi-Fi broadband network today, pitting the UK's largest mobile operator head-to-head with rivals including BT and The Cloud. The Spanish-owned operator will open u…
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O2 launches its free nationwide Wi-Fi broadband network today, pitting the UK's largest mobile operator head-to-head with rivals including BT and The Cloud.

The Spanish-owned operator will open up free Wi-Fi access to all internet users, including customers not with O2, through partnerships with restaurants, shops, and high street retailers across the UK.

O2 said it will double the number of premium public internet hotspots – those which do not piggyback on existing residential networks – currently offered by rivals by 2013. O2 claimed it is the only "genuinely free" Wi-Fi network and the only one open to customers from other companies.

The demand for data-hungry sites such as YouTube and the increasing popularity of smartphones, such as Apple's iPhone, have put a huge strain on operators' Wi-Fi networks.
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#1
thanks (should be in freebies) :)
#2
Has the potential to be quite good, but how are O2 going to make any money out of it?
1 Like #3
J400uk
Has the potential to be quite good, but how are O2 going to make any money out of it?
publicity i believe or may be few ads before connecting to the wifi
#4
J400uk
Has the potential to be quite good, but how are O2 going to make any money out of it?

I guess it's kind of like investing in advertising as people will obviously know the name of O2 (not that everyone already doesn't, but you see what I mean)
1 Like #5
It's advertising, you have to hand over your phone number, and agre to receive ads, and they are charging the operator of the wifi hotspot...
Personally, having seen how they manage the existing connectivity to the cloud hotspots, I don't hold out much hope, and this comes from an o2 customer...
#6
bilbob
It's advertising, you have to hand over your phone number, and agre to receive ads, and they are charging the operator of the wifi hotspot...
Personally, having seen how they manage the existing connectivity to the cloud hotspots, I don't hold out much hope, and this comes from an o2 customer...
at least it will be FREE
3 Likes #7
They should be investing more money into their **** network instead of trying to scam yet more money.
2 Likes #8
O2 network is pretty good, never found any problem with it so far
#9
How is this a deal?
#10
its a deal for £0.00 price thats why its a deal
1 Like #11
yes, but if it's cr*p, then it's still c**p even it's free...
3 Likes #12
bilbob
yes, but if it's cr*p, then it's still c**p even it's free...


What a cheerful person you are...
#13
Cold.mods please move this.
3 Likes #14
Is there a list of the location of the free wifi hotspots?
#15
Heat from me!!!

Even if it is not great its better than a poke in the eye;)
3 Likes #16
I've been on Virgin Mobile, 3, Vodaphone and O2 and by far for me O2 has the best reception by a long stretch.
I get full reception everywhere.
2 Likes #17
Stop moaning and leave it where it is, its not really doing any harm to anyone is it!
#18
Heat from me...i get a satisfactory service from O2 (broadband customer)
#19
this isnt a deal its a FREEBIE
#20
O2 are fine. Though I would rather have 2 for 1 cinema tickets than this.
#21
I am sure it is specifically O2 going TO launch
#22
thanks
banned#23
robot1000
Is there a list of the location of the free wifi hotspots?


i'm assuming these will be the free ones:

http://o2-cloud.directoryconnection.com/search.php
#24
Voted cold. This isn't a deal or even live yet. O2 have just announced their "intentions".

Taken from news.o2.co.uk -
O2 outlines plans to offer seamless, fast and free internet for all, in venues across the country

O2 today announces its plans to deploy a market-changing public Wi-Fi platform in the UK, with the launch of O2 Wifi. O2’s premium hotspots will be managed through partnerships with key venue owners and will be open for all customers to access for free, no matter which mobile or broadband provider they are with.

O2 is aiming to create a scaled Wi-Fi platform that will be at least double the number of premium hotspots currently offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud combined by 2013.
banned#25
spammed
4 Likes #26
Thanks for the post, well worth knowing about.
#27
Heat from me.
#28
Needs expired, spammed or moved, take your pick.
5 Likes #29
To all those whining about this thread and saying needs moving/spamming/expiring why don't you just STFU and click the spam/expire or report buttons instead of posting a moany ass comment and then not having the balls to do anything about it FGS!!
#30
Rich44
To all those whining about this thread and saying needs moving/spamming/expiring why don't you just STFU and click the spam/expire or report buttons instead of posting a moany ass comment and then not having the balls to do anything about it FGS!!


Actually, you may find others have done it. Just needs a mod to finish it off. Ever thought of that?
7 Likes #31
Its quite amusing watching people get all worked up about the location of the thread!

Its only the internet FFS, you don't have to come onto this website.
1 Like #32
khan102
O2 network is pretty good, never found any problem with it so far

vodafone are miles better imo....o2 is ok but cant say im that impressed

Edited By: royals on Jan 26, 2011 23:08
#33
hold on, I didn't get that.
I'm confused. so what are they actually offering? free wifi in public places, like starbucks or alike?

ok, but is O2 going to biuld their own hotspots only, or can customers use the cloud and BT thingy for free as well?

and the obvious question is: what fair usage policies apply?? :)
2 Likes #34
O2 should really put more money into their 3g network.
2g coverage is great but their 3g is awful!
#35
This is a news story - isn't a deal
#36
it is about as national as my home wifi router
#37
i'm bit confused here..
i hope they are starting wi-fi service.. that should be specific to some hotspots or some restaurants rt? what's the benefit for us if its within a hotspot? (another connection in airport or McD) !!
They already had it ..
"Don't forget, all our tariffs come with unlimited Wi-Fi through The Cloud and BT Openzone at thousands of hotspots in the UK."


would be great if they have provided Data services rather than just hotspots wi-fi !! they could have upgraded their data/gprs services for this money !!
I still feel these service providers have lot to do for seamless internet connectivity for modern equipments (like iPad) rather than some making hotspots wi-fi


Edited By: getknk on Jan 27, 2011 10:07
banned#38
J400uk
bilbob
yes, but if it's cr*p, then it's still c**p even it's free...


What a cheerful person you are...


I think Meldrew is on the forum!
#39
i am liking this.. heat added for the find!!
#40
free stuff stinks ;)

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