O2 is the latest mobile operator to offer Wi-Fi capability with a mobile laptop datacard.
Following moves by the likes of Vodafone and T-Mobile that offer wireless hotspot access to their customers using similar cards, O2 is offering high-speed data access in 6,000 hotspots to customers of its 3G/GPRS datacard.
The 3G service using the datacard currently works in around 20 UK cities and offers national GPRS coverage. The 6,000 hotspots are spread around the UK and are provided by Wi-Fi operators BT and The Cloud.
Users entering a hotspot with their datacard are automatically located by the O2 Connection Manager system bundled with the datacard, and are then sent a text message to their mobile phone which contains a password to enable them to surf the internet.
Prices for the 3G/GPRS/Wi-Fi service start at £8 a month and go up to £38 per month dependant on the amount of data downloaded and sent as part of a package.
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