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UK Airport Coaches To Have Free Wi-Fi Broadband

Swedish based broadband provider Icomera has secured a contract with Excel Passenger Logistics (EPL) to provide free Wi-Fi broadband access on EPL’s airport coach services in the UK.

The free Wi-Fi broadband access will be available for passengers travelling on EPL coaches that run to and from Liverpool, Manchester and Stansted airports.

The coaches will have Icomera’s Moovbox M200 mobile broadband system installed providing passengers with broadband speeds up to a 2 megabits per second.
Graham Hayden, the Managing Director of Excel Passenger Logistics, said: “We want passengers to enjoy the very highest level of service and the installation of free Wi-Fi on our fleet is a major part of our offering”.

Hayden continues, “For international passengers, the presence of free Wi-Fi avoids expensive data roaming fees that make using 3G connections abroard so unattractive”.

The news follows an announcement from BT yesterday that it is to install Wi-Fi broadband access (via BT Openzone) into a number of UK holiday parks.

O2 iPhone Users To Get Free Wi-Fi At Starbucks

Mobile operator O2 has today announced that all iPhone users on the O2 network will soon get free Wi-Fi access in UK Starbucks stores. The coffee shop is set to offer Wi-Fi access at all of its 678 UK stores following an agreement with BT Openzone.

O2 mobile broadband consumers who have Wi-Fi access included in their contract will also be able to benefit from free Wi-Fi access in Starbucks from this summer.

BT Openzone Wi-Fi is being rolled out in Starbucks stores from April and provides a faster connection than 3G mobile broadband, whilst also taking up less battery power too.
The CEO of BT Openzone, Chris Bruce, explains, “Starbucks is the perfect place to work or catch up over email. Use of our Wi-Fi doubled last year and coffee shops are increasingly popular as a third place to work or log on to the internet. We’re constantly looking to boost the choice of places where people want to connect. The location of Starbuck’s stores in the high street and travel hubs is helping to extend our reach to many Wi-Fi customers.”

The current cost of Wi-Fi set by BT Openzone is 15p per minute +VAT. However, there are bundled deals availabe which provide savings if you use Wi-Fi services frequently.

The 4.6 million BT Broadband customers who have free monthly Wi-Fi minutes in their broadband contracts will also have free access at Starbucks.

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