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BT Scraps Limits on Data Traffic

Just days after O2s announcement that it will cap data traffic on its mobile network, BT reveals that it is to scrap any limit on WiFi traffic.

John Petter, BT Retail consumer managing director spoke out about the decision stating that BT's broadband users have previously been limited on WiFi minutes available at BT FON and BT Openzone hotspots.

However, the new unlimited traffic from BT means that users will now have unlimited access to 1.5 million hotspots based on BT FON and BT Openzone services.

BT FON consists of BT Home Hub users who have opened their routers to others, while Openzone is a public WiFi service offered in airports, hotels, coffee shops, motorway service stations and city centres.

The growing popularity of smartphones means that mobile network operators face upwards of a 20 per cent annual increase in data traffic.

In many cases, this growth is occurring more rapidly than the operators can upgrade their networks to faster technologies. Many have stated that new and improved technologies will only be rolled out starting next year.

BT is dues to unveil a downloadable app for Openzone and FON users to make it easier to find hotspots in the near future.

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