Free 3G broadband ... for BT WiFi subscribers that is

Having only announced last week that it had cut the cost of its Openzone WiFi service by as much as 50 per cent, BT has gone a stage further today by including a free mobile broadband connection for subscribers on the company's most expensive tariffs.

The company claims that its WiFi business continues to exceed its expectations in terms of new subscribers and traffic, with Chris Bruce, general manager of BT Openzone, stating: "Over the last six months we have seen double the use compared with the same period last year." BT also announced that it was making available 2,500 new European WiFi hotspots, which, altogether, makes the dramatic price cuts seem somewhat curious

Regardless of this, BT maintains that business users want the best connection available, albeit fixed, WiFi or 3G broadband. Customers wanting this level of connectivity can subscribe to the company's Business Total Broadband tariff and receive a USB dongle to make a connection to the 3G network (Vodafone in the UK) and 100,000 BT WiFi hotspots.

The combined WiFi/3G package starts from around €26 per month for those signing a two-year contract, although this offer is no longer available after the end of this year.

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