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BT has signed a deal with European Wi-Fi provider FON through which the telecommunications giant's 3 million-plus broadband users will gain free use of hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Launched today, the new service has been dubbed BT FON and will, it is claimed, create the world's largest Wi-Fi community.

Users will gain access to BT existing 7,000-strong Wi-Fi hotspot network BT Openzone, as well as the 190,000 Wi-Fi connection hotspots worldwide which are operated by FON.

Gavin Patterson, BT's group managing director, said: "This is the start of something very exciting for BT. Today we are launching a people’s network of Wi-Fi, which could one day cover every street in Britain.

"We are giving our millions of Total Broadband customers a choice and an opportunity.

"If they are prepared to securely share a little of their broadband, they can share the broadband at hundreds of thousands of FON and BT Openzone hotspots today, without paying a penny."

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