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Mobile broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots

If you have a mobile broadband package, you likely have access to thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots through your package. If you're not already taking advantage of these free internet access points, read on to find out how and when to use them and where you can expect to find free wireless internet.

Wi-Fi hotspots

Free wireless is up for grabs in thousands of hotspots across the UK. This is perfect for users who spend time in coffee shops, public places or travel locations and don't want to use up their inclusive monthly allowance.

The technologies behind the two types of wireless access are different. With mobile broadband (3G or 4G mobile internet), it's provided over mobile phone networks, and browsing on this type of connection will count toward your monthly data limits. Wireless broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots are connections via a cable or ADSL connection and a wireless router. Any internet usage across these types of connections does not count toward your data limits.

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Which outlets offer Wi-Fi hotspots?

Wi-Fi has become incredibly widespread, and nowadays, many businesses offer internet for their customers. Some retailers and restaurants offering a free Wi-Fi service include Costa Coffee, McDonalds, Pret a Manger, Starbucks, WHSmith and John Lewis.

Accessing Wi-Fi hotspots

Once you find a hotspot supplied by your mobile broadband network, all you need to do is log in with your details and you should be able to connect to the Wi-Fi and save your data.

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