Esat BT debuts ‘all in one’ comms card


4 Oct 2004

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Esat BT this morning unveiled a pre-paid communications card that allows users the choice of multiple communication services including BT OpenZone Wi-Fi, international dial-up internet access, international phone calls and SMS messaging. The new €10 cards will be available for puchase online or within BT OpenZone hotspots around the country.

Entitled BTb-line, the card is effectively a prepaid account available in Euro, Sterling or US dollars, offering a range of services that can be debited on a per minute basis for time used. The account can be topped up over the internet or by phone.

Using the service, laptop or PDA users can access high speed broadband at any one of 130 Wi-Fi hotspots around Ireland.

In terms of international dial-up internet access, downloaded dialer software allows the users to select the country, town and connection type, enter the BTb-line account number and PIN and press connect to get onto the internet. Calls will cost 18c and cover 48 countries.

In terms of SMS messaging, users simply log onto their BTb-line account on the net and select SMS. Messages will cost approximately 12c.

Esat BT boss Bill Murphy commented: ”Today’s announcement is in line with our commitment to provide better value, flexible options for our Wi-Fi service BT Openzone, which reflect the varying needs of our customers.

“The multifunctional nature of the new card provides competitively-priced communications options to suit every mobile worker’s needs,” Murphy said.

By John Kennedy