Orange launches Wi-Fi service

By Derek Sooman on December 18, 2005, 3:26 PM
Orange is to launch a new Wi-Fi service on Monday, offering a unified cellular data and Wi-Fi service in the UK. The company lacks its own Wi-Fi network in the UK, and is instead utilising hotspots operated by BT Openzone, BT and WeRoam. The network will consist of 1,700 UK hotspots and 12,000 globally.

To use the hotspots, Orange customers will need to send a text message from their mobile phones and receive a username and password to sign into the network using their laptops. The text message automatically triggers the addition of the 6 per hour charge to the customer's bill. Customers can use their 60 minutes of access over multiple connections within a 24-hour period.
Pricing is unlikely to be confirmed until launch, but access to 3G and GPRS networks will be charged based on how much data users download and charges for access to the Wi-Fi network will be based on minutes of use.

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mentaljedi said:
Not really bothered about this one. Orange won't get far.
EsTeBaNo said:
Sounds usefull...Many people with cellphones or laptops will be able to use this in case they need to send important stuff and they cant access a internet terminal or a pc.
Bartzy said:
6 ?? For one hour ? It's nuts ! If I'll surf for one hour every day for 6 months, I could buy a great computer. What a geek :)Orange is also operating in Israel. It's pretty good, actually. Far better than its local contenders (I am a costumer of one of those companies. Believe me, it's a nightmare...).Anyway, I hope any of those new technologies will get to Israel soon. We are like a 3rd world country in those subjects.
PanicX said:
Wow, that equates to about $10.50 USD. Thats not so hot considering I can add a data plan to my phone service for unlimited mobile internet for about $30 USD a month. Then connect the phone to the laptop via USB cable and browse the net anywhere there's cell service.
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