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Virgin Media is to extend its Wi-Fi buddy app to iOS customers allowing them to connect to more than 150,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.

Some 22,000 of the hotspots made accessible will be through The Cloud, which is owned by Virgin's rival Sky Broadband and has spots in M&S, WHSmith, Superdrug, Wetherspoons, Pret a Manger, Caffe Nero, Wagamama, Pizza Express, KFC, as well as a number of selected shopping centres and train stations.

The app works in the background and detects the presence of a supported Wi-Fi hotspot, automatically connecting without the need for passwords and logging in.

Users will also be able to view all the nearby hotspots on a map and search for hotspots in a specific street or postcode area.

However, there have been a number of reviews for the existing app suggesting there is still plenty of room for improvement, with users citing problems with logging on and draining of handset batteries.

Nevertheless, the iOS version will still come as a boost to iPhone and iPad users on Virgin Media contracts.

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