Cash machines to become Wi-Fi hotspotsBT Openzone and Cashbox Wi-Fi plan for ATMs
22 June 2009
Cashbox, a UK supplier of fee-charging ATMs, has unveiled plans to enable all of its ATM sites in shops, restaurants and bars, to become Wi-Fi hotspots, via a partnership with BT Openzone.
The five-year deal between Cashbox and BT means that a high-speed wireless broadband service will initially be available in ten of Cashbox's client locations, of which there are more than 2,500 across the UK, including Tiger Tiger sites in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, and Digress, The Wall, Agenda, Abacus, Livery and Alibi bar restaurants in the City of London.
BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots allow users to pay for wireless broadband internet access either on a monthly basis through tariffs such as BT Openzone Original, Together and Global from £5 to £28 per month (excluding VAT), or on a pay-as-you-surf basis from 15p per minute.
Millions of BT broadband customers also benefit from inclusive Wi-Fi minutes, and users have access to more than 3,000 BT Openzone hotspots included in their iPhone contracts. According to BT, customers from iPass, Boingo and other BT Openzone roaming partners will also be able to use the service.
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BT: Huge demand for Wi-Fi
Ciaran Morton, CEO of Cashbox, commented 'As a customer focussed business, we are continually looking for ways to extend our service offering, and with exciting initiatives such as this we are providing our customers with additional opportunities to utilise the ATM machines. May was an all time record month for transaction levels as people are finding cash preferable to credit in the current economic climate.'
Chris Bruce, general manager, BT Openzone, said: 'We are seeing huge demand for Wi-Fi in the leisure and hospitality sector. BT customers can also connect at over 190,000 residential and commercial hotspots in the UK and Ireland including BAA airports, BA lounges, Caffe Nero, Hilton, Thistle and Ramada Jarvis hotels and, from July 2009, Starbucks coffee stores.'
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