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BT and FON to Supply FREE UK Public WiFi for All From 22nd June 2016

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 (1:15 pm) - Score 11,082

Getting online between 22nd June and 22nd July 2016 could briefly become easier in the United Kingdom after FON confirmed that it had teamed up with BT to provide free public WiFi hotspot access, which is in honour of the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) first World WiFi Day. But there’s a catch.

BT has been implementing related FON technology into their HomeHub routers for years, which allows other BT broadband subscribers to get online anywhere they can find one of the operator’s WiFi hotspots (either professional ones or those being distributed by residential customers); this is why BT can claim to operate several million free hotspots in the UK.

However the UK isn’t the only country where FON technology is used and it has also agreed a similar free WiFi access promotion for Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania and Australia; this is in partnership with related telecoms providers including COSMOTE, KPN, Proximus, Telekom Romania and Telstra.

Alex Puregger, Fon’s CEO, said:

“World WiFi Day is an important initiative for Fon because we are all about connecting communities and giving access to people via WiFi. We really believe in and support closing the digital divide. To celebrate, we are working together with our partners to open up access on as many networks as we can around the world. We are looking forward to it and hope people enjoy having free WiFi!”

At this point we should add that World WiFi Day is actually set for 20th June 2016, although ISPreview.co.uk understands that BT’s WiFi hotspots will only go free between 22nd June and 22nd July. On top of that the BT offer will only give you 1 hour of free usage and you’ll have to register to get a promo code first (here).

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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8 Responses
  1. Captain Cretin says:

    So if everyone sets their laptops to download and install Win10 at 12 noon on the 22nd, and connects to the nearest FON hotspot……….

    Oh the fun.

  2. Karl says:

    I was about to applaud BT until the last paragraph then i remembered its a BT story so was likely to be pointless.

  3. adslmax Real says:

    One hour free wifi for 1 month is a joke by BT. Should be giving one hour free wifi each day between 22th June and 22nd July 2016.

    1. JustAnotherFileServer says:

      Not sure why everyone is saying 22th instead of 22nd?

    2. wireless pacman says:

      My scanner is like that: 1th page, 2th page, 3th page… 🙂

  4. andrew says:

    bt could give me a free fibre connection, i still wouldn’t use them.

  5. Evan Crissall says:

    About time someone hacked the public wifi facility of BT HomeHubs, to snoop on others’ traffic. Anyone up for that?

    1. dragon says:

      For the public SSID with no encryption you just need something capable of Wi-Fi Sniffing, no need to “hack” anything.

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