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BT has reached a new milestone as it rolls out public wireless broadband across the UK and Ireland.

The broadband provider now has 3.5 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the British Isles, enabling subscribers to access the web from their laptops, smartphones and media tablets on the move.

As such, BT Total Broadband customers have unlimited access to one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in the world.

Visitors to London can take advantage of 380,000 hotspots, while there are 25,000 individual locations in both Birmingham and Leeds.

BT subscribers can get online at 20,000 locations in Manchester, Edinburgh and Sheffield, and more than 11,000 in Liverpool, Brighton, Bristol and Cardiff.

The firm's Wi-Fi hotpots are free to BT's six million home and business broadband customers.

They are found at homes, independent businesses, city centres and well-known brands, such as Hilton, Thistle, Ramada Jarvis, Starbucks, Welcome Break, RoadChef Costa, American Airlines and SkyTeam airport lounges.

BT wireless broadband is also available at Network Rail stations around the country, meaning customers can surf the web while waiting for their train.

John Petter, Managing Director, Consumer, at BT, said millions of broadband customers are enjoying free access to one of the biggest Wi-Fi networks in the world.

He added that free apps for mobile device users make getting online "even easier".

The latest innovation for mobile device users is a BT FON app for BT home broadband customers giving easier hotspot login from a BlackBerry.

BT said the apps - for BlackBerry, Apple and Android customers - are in response to the smartphone and tablet boom.

These devices are now overtaking laptops and PCs as the Wi-Fi device of choice, the broadband provider explained.

"[BT apps] have already proved a huge hit with over 900,000 downloads," Mr Petter stated.

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