BT offer free WiFi for Android and iPhone Users

7 September 2010

A pile of WiFi

BT, who are normally really irritating, have done something rather cool for its customers.

They've gone and launched a mobile app for their broadband customers that automatically connects their iPhone and Android mobiles to free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Isn't that swell? Feel free to disagree and speculate about how it enables them to spy on you and your whereabouts.

The BT FON app will notify you of the nearest Wi-Fi hot spots. You enter your BT internet email username and password and you'll automatically stay logged-in and you can browse the web whenever you find yourself in a BT Wi-Fi area. And there's shit-loads of them knocking, last count says there's around 1.5 million BT FON and BT Openzone hot spots worldwide.

The main reason that this is great is because it will stop you from getting extra costs on your phone bill. This app has a map that shows you exactly where the closest hot spots are, which will save you money on your bundles.

Of course, there are already similar apps on the market to this, but these have a tendency to direct you to password protected spots and frequently, you find that access isn't always free when you do find a connection.

iPhone users can download the application from the app store and Android users can download the application from the Android Market. Search for BT Fon.

[Guardian]

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile

27 comments

  • Richard
    Am I missing something, how is this free to iPhone and android customers? Don't you mean free to bt Internet email customers?...
  • ivan_the_inebriated
    Does this mean it'll leech off of private home wifi connections too or is it restricted to public BT connections? (Something I've never found on my travels.)
  • emote
    As far as I have seen older BT cusotmers have to opt in to the service, those who took BT broadband recently are already opted in. Once opted in part of your home broadband is set aside for others to connect to via BTfon. They say it is secure and completely seperate . But if joe bloggs next door starts streaming a HD movie online, will that affect your broadband connection speeds?????
  • pt21
    Great, so you can get their shitty service on the move too!
  • The B.
    Hmmm, anyone remember Phorm?
  • mizzle
    If Joe Bloggs next door is a BT customer he will be using his own connection, if he's not a BT customer he won't be able to tap into your connection. It's not rocket science
  • Darren
    I have BT & An Android HTC Desire, this is great news. woop woop for me.
  • Mark H.
    @ mizzle 'If Joe Bloggs next door is a BT customer he will be using his own connection' What, he'll use his own connection for illegal downloads? Why would he do that when he can use yours? ;-)
  • Stu
    I too have BT and a Samsung Galaxy, but I'll shit glass before I start letting BT know where I am! In any case? do all you android users only have 500mb a month or something? T-Mobile and 3gb FTW
  • emote
    @Mizzle You can now get BTFON connection inlcuded in an Iphone Tarrif so joe bloggs next door dosent have to have a BT connection.
  • Mike W.
    "What, he’ll use his own connection for illegal downloads? Why would he do that when he can use yours? " Because if he uses someone else's FON hotspot, the traffic is routed separately to the host's own traffic and will be linked to the account of the guest. It's all traceable this way and it protects the host.
  • Darren
    @Stu, Am also on T-Mobile, but the internet connection is not always great in some places in the City (London) so If I can get WiFi instead it would be better!
  • The B.
    @Stu - "In any case? do all you android users only have 500mb a month or something?" Um, hate to break it to you mate but a Samsung Galaxy is an Android phone.
  • cliche g.
    PlusNet is part of BT, isn't it? I guess it's unliekly, but does this extend to PlusNet customers?
  • mizzle
    @emote "joe bloggs next door dosent have to have a BT connection." Is the article incorrect then? - "They’ve gone and launched a mobile app for their broadband customers"
  • Woz
    I'm looking on the apps store now and can't find it. BT Fon?
  • Woz
    OK it's on my iPhone, well it shows up but can't download it because I'm stuck using 3.2 or whatever. Requires 4.0 I was using the iPad where it doesn't show up at all. Hopefully I can download it off iTunes on my computer and use it on the iPad in October. Nothing is easy.
  • Neil
    The catch being that you actually have to be a BT customer... I wonder if such a service will be extended to Plusnet customers as Plusnet is part of the BT Group.
  • Woz
    I'm with Virgin but my Dad get's his internet from BT. I'll borrow his details. The money Broadband suppliers charge, I'm on the XXL package. I should have a dongle supplied and free internet where ever I go one the same bill.
  • Derek
    Been signed up with Fon a while now and downloaded this app a couple of weeks back, its fab, used it a lot last weekend on a trip to london (it just connects and removes the hassle of having to manually sign on each time) you can use btopenzone and partner hotspots (loads around in uk and abroad) and signed up bt home hub users... any downloads etc are flagged as your account, the home hub user gets priority over bandwidth and fon is limited so they never lose more then 500k bandwidth. sure its for be broadband etc users tho i think you may be able to join ad-hoc as with many commercial hot-spots
  • Derek
    *for BT broadband
  • Guru M.
    I'm an Android user and BT Broadband customer. The last email I got from them included this: "Unlimited Wi-Fi minutes – We’ve increased the free Wi-Fi minutes you get with your BT Total Broadband when you’re out and about. You now get unlimited Wi-Fi internet access at over 1.5 million BT Openzone and BT FON hotspots. All you need to do is make sure your BT Hub is registered, enable Wi-Fi on your device and find a hotspot to get online. Please see bt.com/btfon for further details." I have the Android App and can connect easily when I'm out and about. Great for mobile data though I already have a 3GB mobile data plan. When used with an iPod Touch though, could make it a much more useful device on the move as there's no entering of user name and password once it's all set up, and wandering around London there are plenty of hotspots available.
  • louis
    hav free bt wifi
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