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Public Wi-Fi Network Links To Rivals
By: MarkJ - 05 December, 2003 (1:13 PM)

One of the UKs broadband wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) public hotspot providers, Broadreach, has extended its roaming agreements by teaming with rivals iPass and Gric:

The company's own customers, meanwhile, will be able to bill their access fees to their mobile phone accounts, thanks to a tie-in with Excilan. Users log into the ReadytoSurf access point with their mobile phone number instead of a username. They're called back and told the connection fee. Pressing the '1' key authorises payment and access.

Excilan currently provides the service to 37 Wi-Fi providers in Europe and Canada. It has deals with a number of European mobile operators, but currently O2 is the only one in the UK.

More @ The Register.

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