30/12/2005

Digit LIVE news - Orange to launch Wi-Fi in UK

Digit LIVE news - Orange to launch Wi-Fi in UK

Orange launched a WiFo hotspot service, catching up with the other operators who have already launched in the UK.

They are not installing their own hotspots, but have just done a roaming deal with Openzone and others including Accor Hotels (provided by Orange France). Users have to send a text to the service and they'll be sent back a username and password which is valid for 24 hours (it also triggers the billing, which is £6.50 per hour).

Orange will launch combined 3G/GPRS and WiFi tarrifs in January known as Business Everywhere. Though not many details are available, one can guess this is part of the fixed mobile convergence strategy as all of France Telecomms non fixed business moves under the Orange brand (i.e. Wanadoo).
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