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BT boosts free Wi-Fi access with new Smartphone App

BT to donate ten thousand pounds to BBC Children in Need for the first
twenty thousand downloads

BT today announced a new free mobile application that will automatically connect customers to its network of 1.6 million Wi-Fi hotspots, making it even easier for them to access the internet when they are on the move. To celebrate the launch, BT is giving 50p to BBC Children in Need for each free BT FON application downloaded, until they reach a target of £10,000*.

Users with an iPhone or Android device can download the free application today from the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. The application gives BT Total Broadband customers easy mobile access to free and unlimited Wi-Fi and includes a mapping service which is updated weekly so that customers can find their nearest hotspot.

Once BT customers have downloaded the app, all they need to do is input their btinternet email username and password, and choose to be automatically logged in whenever they are in a BT Wi-Fi area. Because access is unlimited and free for BT Total Broadband customers there's no chance of them racking up extra costs on their mobile phone bill.

BT's Wi-Fi network is the biggest in the UK - made up of BT Openzone and BT FON hotspots - and all BT Total Broadband customers have free and unlimited access. BT FON is a rapidly expanding Wi-Fi community of people who can take their broadband with them by sharing access securely with other BT FON members when out and about across the UK. BT Openzone is a Wi-Fi service that can be accessed in places such as airports, hotels, coffee shops, motorway service stations and city centres.

John Petter, managing director, for BT Retail Consumer, said: "Millions of BT Total Broadband customers already get free access to the UK's biggest Wi-Fi network. This free app makes accessing Wi-Fi so simple you don't even have to think about it. This represents real value to our customers at a time when more and more people are using their mobile phone to access the internet. By downloading it now customers can also help Children in Need."

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* 50p from every BT FON application downloaded will be donated to the BBC Children in Need Appeal, a company limited by guarantee. Once £10,000 is reached no more donations will be given to BBC Children in Need as a result of this promotion.