O2 Opens up BT Openzone to Mobile Broadband Customers

O2 is offering its mobile broadband customers access to thousands of BT Openzone wi-fi hotspots for the first time. The partnership, which existing customers will see come into effect today, coincides with an upgrade to O2s Mobile Broadband Connection Manager software, enabling users to manage their data consumption more effectively.
Existing customers can upgrade their software for wider wi-fi access from 29 June. New customers will automatically receive the new software and wi-fi access when purchasing from late July onwards. The upgrade is currently only available for use with Windows software.
The deal with BT Openzone offers an additional 3,000 hotspot, including most branches of Starbucks, and builds on the unlimited wi-fi all O2 customers receive as part of their O2 mobile broadband tariff.
As a result of the upgrade, O2s Connection Manager software will automatically copy existing wi-fi profiles from a customers laptop into Connection Manager during the initial installation process. This will seamlessly connect users to their home or business broadband wireless networks, without the need to manually enter security codes.
The upgrade will also see the addition of a data counter, enabling users to monitor and control their data consumption more easily. The data counter will provide accurate usage information for individual sessions and link through to an overall usage page. To add extra peace-of-mind for consumers, an automatic notification will be sent to the Connection Manager when 75%, 90% and 100% of their data allowance has been reached.
We appreciate that our customers want to get the most from their mobile broadband service and we continually look to provide value-added services for them, says O2s Head of Pay Monthly, Jonathan Earle. E2xpanding our Unlimited wi-fi proposition by introducing BT Openzone wi-fi hotspots allowing our customers to stay connected to the people and things that matter to them most. Secondly, we know that customers want to be able to track how much data they have used. Our simple data counter gives the control that our customers want.