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T-Mobile increases Wi-Fi kit and zones

Antony Savvas

T-Mobile has improved its mobile connectivity service by more than tripling the number of Wi-Fi hotspots that can be used by  subscribers of its combined 3G, GPRS and Wi-Fi service.

Thanks to a Wi-Fi roaming agreement with BT Openzone, T-Mobile has increased the number of hotspots that can be used in the UK to 1,900. Previously, T-Mobile users only had access to T-Mobile’s 600 hotspots in Starbucks coffee houses, airports and other places.

The development puts T-Mobile well ahead of rivals Vodafone and Orange when it comes to comprehensive mobile connectivity, as these two rely on delivering access only over 3G or GPRS networks, and don’t offer any integrated Wi-Fi access with their laptop data
cards.

Customers of BT Openzone will now also have access to T-Mobile’s 600 UK Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as thousands more across Europe and the US.

T-Mobile has also launched two personal digital assistant (PDA) mobile devices with integrated Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity, to give users a choice as to whether they want to connect using a laptop or a smaller device.

T-Mobile UK managing director Brian McBride, said, " T-Mobile is now putting the Internet into your pocket.  With the hand-held devices we are giving a real choice between taking your laptop wherever you go or simply reaching into your pocket. The devices are simple to use, and the way they work will be totally familiar to anyone who has used a PC or a PDA.”

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