If you’re of a certain age (cough), phone boxes hold a special place in your heart. For some it was perhaps the only access to a phone you had, for others it was simply sheltering out of the rain. There are many reasons to remember the street side communications hub, but unfortunately BT just killed the phone box.
Just a few weeks after their 80th birthday, BT announced they will be ripping out hundreds phone boxes. In their place, BT are deploying “Links“. These are kiosks which offer superfast WiFi and phone chargers, subsidised by advertising revenue. At least 750 will be installed all across London in the next year, and rolling out to the whole country in an undetermined amount of time.
BT chief executive for wholesale and ventures Gerry McQuade was understandably excited to see a major upgrade of the ageing phone box. Seeing London as the perfect environment to start their venture. Adding that BT ..
..will be rolling out many more Links to the other great cities across the UK over the coming months as we look to transform the look and functionality of our public payphone.
We’re evolving the phone box to make it relevant in the 21st century by offering people ultrafast wi-fi and a range of digital and information services entirely for free – BT chief executive for wholesale and ventures Gerry McQuade
Each BT Link will feature a touchscreen for looking up maps, directions and other local information. There’s also USB ports for charging all of your devices while on the go. Those passing, or no doubt loitering around a BT Link, will be able to access free ultrafast WiFi. You can also get free calls to landlines and other mobiles. All in all, a pretty good deal, so expect them to become the new kids meeting place!
T-Mobile has done a fair amount to get LTE into every nook and cranny of its coverage map, but that doesn't matter much if there's still a cellular dead zone in your home or office. You might not have that issue from now on, though. The Magenta network is launching a 4G LTE CellSpot that promises full-fledged LTE calling and data -- you're not making do with 3G here. You only need an LTE-capable phone and a broadband internet connection to fill in those gaps.
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One of the perks of being a Virgin Media customer is gaining access to the company's suite of mobile apps. They let you make landline calls and watch TV on your smartphone, but also connect to thousands of free WiFi hotspots all over the UK. Unfortunately for iOS users, WiFi Buddy, the provider's dedicated wireless app, has been Android-only since launch. That's now changing after Virgin Media finally deemed Apple fans worthy of free WiFi and has made the app available on the App Store too. Once installed, you'll get access to over 22,000 The Cloud hotspots (thanks to Virgin Media's deal with Sky) in places like Marks & Spencer, Wetherspoon, WH Smith, Pret A Manger, Greggs and other popular locations -- useful, if you're trying to save your mobile allowance or you find yourself in an area with poor signal.
Via: ISP Review
Source: WiFi Buddy (App Store)
If you ever wanted to buy a cellular iPad but couldn’t wrap your head around forking out an extra $130 for LTE functionality, AT&T has you covered.
Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the #2 U.S. wireless carrier announced a new case that gives Wi-Fi-only iPads the ability to connect to its high-speed 4G LTE network.
It’s basically a case with an integrated mobile LTE hotspot and it’s available in several editions, including versions for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, as well as all three generations of the iPad mini.... Read the rest of this post here
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