Three Android smartphone users to get free Wi-Fi at Bitbuzz hotspots

23 Apr 2012

Three Android smartphone users to get free Wi-Fi at Bitbuzz hotspots

Android smartphone users across Three’s mobile network in Ireland will now get the same free Wi-Fi privileges their Apple iPhone counterparts have enjoyed for the last two years as a result of a deal inked between Three and local Wi-Fi provider Bitbuzz.

Apps for Three’s Bitbuzz Wi-Fi service are available in the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace (Google Play Store). The service covers both prepay and bill pay subscribers to Three.

Bitbuzz has also rolled out Wi-Fi hotspots to Three’s 30 retail stores in Ireland. It currently has more than 350 Wi-Fi hotspots and more than 8,500 hotel bedrooms in its network in Ireland and the UK, with further expansion planned for 2012.

Demand for free Wi-Fi

“Following our success with the initial offering for iPhones, we are confident that the demand for free Wi-Fi will increase with our expansion across Three’s other smartphone customers,” said Shane Deasy, managing director, Bitbuzz.

Bitbuzz has in excess of 740,000 registered users and is achieving 10,000 peak logins per day across Ireland and the UK.

“Three is committed to leading the smartphone marketplace forward and see this enhanced offering as not only offering our customers more choice but also continuing to deliver on this promise,” Elaine Carey, sales and marketing director at Three, commented.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years