BT has launched an app that automatically connects customers to its network of 1.6m Wi-Fi hotspots, helping people keep their 3G data mobile bill down on-the-go.
Users with an iPhone or Android mobile can download the free BT FON Wi-Fi app, which gives BT customers mobile access to free Wi-Fi hotspots and includes a mapping service updated weekly so customers can find their nearest hotspot in a hurry.
Once BT customers have downloaded the app, they need to enter their BT internet email username plus password and choose to be automatically logged in whenever they enter a BT Wi-Fi area.
BT said the access is unlimited and free so there is no chance of customers racking up extra costs on their mobile bill, while users can take advantage of the service to reduce their 3G mobile bills.
The company claims to have the largest Wi-Fi network in the UK comprising BT Openzone plus BT FON hotspots. BT FON is a 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.
BT will also give 50p to BBC Children in Need for each BT FON app downloaded to a £10,000 ceiling.
John Petter, MD of 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."