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Barclays has announced plans to introduce free Wi-Fi across 1,500 bank branches in the UK.

The banking group has signed a deal with BT Wi-Fi which will see wireless broadband services become accessible to staff and customers.

Trials of the new service have already been carried out at three branches, with a full rollout of the technology set to be complete by March 2013.

Ashok Vaswani, Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, said the new service would make it easier for people to take advantage of mobile banking.

"We are always keen to show our customers how easy our mobile apps are to use, so we are now rolling out free Wi-Fi across our Barclays branches," he stated.

"Our front line staff say this will help them give product demos using our customers' own mobiles and tablets."

Mr Vaswani said that with Barclays Wi-Fi, consumers will be able to instantly download and use all the bank's mobile apps.

Luis Alvarez, Chief Executive of BT Global Services, said the technology now exists for organisations to connect their customers to the right people and the right information in a seamless, cost-effective way.

"It’s no secret that banks are facing some of the toughest challenges of any sector, so it’s great to see forward thinking companies like Barclays prioritising their investments, so they can deliver great service for their customers as well as the bottom line," he added.

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