Feeds

BT chops cost of UK Wi-Fi access

But it's still more expensive here than the US

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

BT Openzone has slashed access charges to its network of public Wi-Fi hotspots, cutting the cost of fast wireless Internet connections by up to 70 per cent, the telco claimed today.

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 duration and you're put on 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.

However, a full 24 hours' connection time voucher now costs £10 ($18), down 33 per cent from £15. The company also introduced a new voucher that provides 4000 minutes' access in any given 30-day period, for which it's charging £40 ($74).

Whenever BT Openzone mentions users, it refers to businesspeople, and it's justifying its reduced-but-still-high charges on that basis. T-Mobile USA, for example, provides unlimited monthly access for $40 (£22) a month, or $30 (£16) a month if you commit to using the service for 12 months. ®

Related stories

Eclipse stars with BT's Wi-Fi network
BT's Wi-Fi technology faces courts trial
US Wi-Fi operators inch towards roaming
UK WISP moots IPO
UK Wi-Fi network wins 'significant' VC funding
UK firm offers to double Wi-Fi range for a tenner
iPass touts network access policy devolution

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday
Customer: 'Please change your name to occasionally somewhere'
Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline
A rude awakening: North Americans greeted with outage drama
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes
Poor punters won't be affected, telecoms giant claims
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.