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O2 Launch Free Wi-Fi for London ahead of the Olympics

From today O2 have launched free Wi-Fi hotspots across parts of London which will be open to everyone and not just exclusively for O2 customers.

O2 have collaborated with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to bring the service to fruition just in time for the 2012 London Olympics.

To access the free Wi-Fi, you’ll have to register via your mobile device but once in, you’ll be automatically connected when you enter a hotspot. And vitally the hotspot zones will remain free once the games are over.

Looking to the future, O2 also plan to sell advertising space to local businesses to help fund the venture.

Current hotspots include Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch and Exhibition Road.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:

“With millions of extra people coming to town for Games, we want to ensure we showcase the capital as the best city in the world to work and visit, and the addition of free Wi-Fi to some of our most popular landmarks is crucial in helping to maintaining that reputation,”

Free internet for all Londoners!

The Olympics have aided the spread of free Wi-Fi in London with 41 London Underground and 56 Overground stations also getting in on the action thanks to a partnership between Virgin Media and TFL earlier this year.

In addition, many retailers (including Greggs, Debenhams, Starbucks and Cafe Nero) around the city are also offering free Wi-Fi services.

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