O2 has announced an end to its partnership with BT for access to its Openzone WiFi network, meaning thousands of hotspots are now unavailable to customers with the mobile operator.
Previously, O2 customers had been able to access around 4,000 Openzone hotspots in locations such as Starbucks, but now these will only be avaiable for a charge.
However, O2 does have its own ever-growing WiFi network with locations such as McDonald's, Debenhams, Costa Coffee, All-Bar-One and House of Fraser some of the stores on the high street that can be accessed by its customers.
“From 1 July 2013, as an O2 customer you’ll need to use O2 WiFi hotspots to get online instead of hooking up to BT Openzone. There are over 8,000 free WiFi hotspots to choose from. With more popping up all the time," O2 said on its website.
The firm urged customers to download its iPhone or Android app to be alerted whenever they are near areas with O2 WiFi hotspots.
O2’s WiFi network is set to grow in the coming months when its customers will be given free access to the Virgin Media network on the London Underground. Currently this had only been free to EE and Vodafone customers.
The mobile operator also has numerous outdoor locations, in areas across London, and it will be hoping these services, and the launch of its 4G network later this year encourage its customer base to stay loyal.
Recent outages on the network have seen many customers unhappy with O2 and threaten to leave the company.
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