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BT launches Wi-Fi mobile phone service

Cheap calls via the internet


Telecoms giant BT is launching a new mobile phone service offering cheap internet calls using Wi-Fi technology.

The company is extending its BT Fusion service so that customers will be able to make internet phone calls (Voip) outside the home for the first time.

BT hopes to take advantage of the growing number of wireless hot-spots in cities throughout the UK, as well as its own plans to build a first phase of 12 wireless cities by the end of March next year.

Customers will be able to subscribe to the service through more than 400 Phones4U stores on the high street.

BT Fusion

In order to take advantage of the Internet to make mobile calls, customers will need to buy a new type of phone. New phones for the Fusion service will include the Nokia 6136, Motorola A910 and Samsung P200.  They will also offer free internet surfing for Fusion customers.

The phones will be able to detect when users are in a Wi-Fi zone, meaning the call will be charged at a quarter of the price of a normal call. Normally, an Internet call via the Internet using broadband at home is free. Areas not covered by Wi-Fi will be served by Vodafone’s masts.

BT’s Head of Mobility and Convergence, Steve Andrews, said: ‘It is great sitting on the sofa at home and not having to worry about the cost of a convenient call made from your mobile. It is even better to get the same freedom when you are out and about, maybe in a hotel, at the airport or even shopping in a city centre. It knows where you are and connects automatically to Wi-Fi when you are at home or at a BT Openzone hotspot.

‘BT Fusion was the world’s first and we believe it is the best. And because we have a large estate of BT Openzone hotspots and plans for a first phase of 12 Wireless Cities, customers can easily see the opportunity for savings.’

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