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PlusNet, a broadband provider in the UK, is offering a promotion as part of a new offering: It appears that PlusNet will begin offering customers access to BT Openzone hotspots. For the month of March, access to the hotspots is free. After that, existing customers will pay 7p per minute to access the hotspots. I’m a little confused about what other pricing options are available; the site notes that new customers will automatically be put onto the lowest cost subscription account, which offers 120 minutes of access. Per minute pricing for hotspot access seems so draconian.
Posted by nancyg at March 1, 2005 3:17 PM
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What is not also obvious is that although PlusNet! have struck the deal with BT over Openzone access, the PlusNet subscribers will not be able to utilise affiliated services.
So no T-Mobile and or Cloud services (which seriously limits the PlusNet deals physical coverage). BT/PlusNet now need to clarify the situation over overseas access, as this is obviously not BT maintained either.
Posted by: Craig at March 1, 2005 3:46 PM
The deal we have struck with BT doesn't include access to any other roaming services currently. It's clearly a big issue and we have gone back to BT now and are currently negotiating the ability to offer roaming via The Cloud and BTs other International partners.
I also coulden't agree more about charging by the minute for WiFi access. Unfortunately, that is the way BT have this setup for now. Hopefully they will be able to change this sometime in the future and offer us the ability to charge by data transfer rather than time online.
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Posted by: Ian Wild at March 2, 2005 9:52 AM