Free WiFi network launched by O2

January 26th, 2011 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

o2 logo Free WiFi network launched by O2O2 have launched a new network of “premium, managed” WiFi hotspots, kicking off at a 450 sites. That’s exciting isn’t it? Well, don’t get too excited because most of these sites are based on the company’s own premises.

O2 are going to extend the network eventually, claiming that they’ll have a network double the size of the ones offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud. Combined.

They reckon that users will be able to log into the network “seamlessly”, although, every time you use one of these networks in a new place, you’ll be slapped across the eyeballs by a ‘splash screen’, which means O2 will flood your mind with offers and the like.

It won’t be offering widespread ‘mesh’ coverage, rather, focussing on hotspots which O2 think will complement rather than replace 3G mobile networks. The company are looking at shops and restaurants for their strategically placed locations across the UK.

Tim Sefton, New Business Development Director at O2, said that “Only 20 per cent of people who have access to free public WiFi on O2 tariffs use it, despite the majority of devices being WiFi enabled.” Customers thus far have been put-off using the service thanks to needlessly complicated sign-in procedures and the like.

Comments (4) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Anthon January 26, 2011 at 10:41 am

    “The company are looking at shops and restaurants for their strategically placed locations across the UK.”

    …So that’s just London then.

  2. Posted by Paul January 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

    …yay invest in WiFi hotspots instead of 4G…

  3. Posted by Brad January 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    If I could sit at home and use the network it be something to talk about.

  4. Posted by tin January 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Could they not actually fucking fix their crock-of-shite 3G network first?

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