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BTOpenzone Cuts Public Wi-Fi Prices

Posted: 27th Jul, 2004 By: MarkJ
BTOpenzone, the public Wi-Fi hotspot provider, has slashed the cost of its broadband wireless services by up to 70%:

Gone are Openzone's four subscription packages, replaced by a single £25 ($46) a month deal that provides 4000 minutes (66.67 hours) of connectivity. Go beyond that figure and you go onto a 10p a minute rate. The bill is capped at £85 ($157) a month, which essentially means that you don't pay for access beyond the 4600-minute mark. Subscriptions run over a minimum 12-month period.

BT used to offer a £85 a month unlimited access deal, but a £20 a month package would include only 300 minutes. So mid-level users should find the deal cheaper, but very active users will be little better off.

Ditto ad hoc users. Anyone connecting to an Openzone hotspots on a pay-as-you-go tariff will continue to be charged at a rate of 20p (37c) a minute, and BT is still charging £6 ($11) for a voucher offering 60 minutes' total access in any 24-hour period.


The Register also reports that BTO's 24 hour voucher has been reduced from £15 to £10, while the 4000 minutes (for any given 30 day period) is now £40.
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