BT launches smartphone app fo automatic WiFi connectivity to company's hotspots

British Telecom has introduced a smartphone app that automatically connects its Total Broadband customers to its WiFi hotspot network, which is made up of BT Openzone and BT FON hotspots. The operator said 1.6 million free and unlimited WiFi hotspots are available worldwide.

Android and iPhone users can download the apps for free from their respective app stores. BT said the new app would include a weekly updated mapping service to enable customers to find their closest hotspots. To activate the app, users must type in their BT INTERNET email user name and password. The app then automatically logs them into a hotspot whenever they are near a BT hotspot. Users can also decide they want to be prompted before automatically logging in to a hotspot.

Previously, customers who wanted to use hotspots had to browse to the specific hotspot and log in manually.

In June, BT decided to give its Total Broadband customers "unlimited" access to BT FON and BT Openzone WiFi hotspots, understanding that more and more subscribers were connecting to its hotspots via smartphones and tablets. BT has touted the service as one that can offload data traffic for mobile operators such as O.

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