Following the unveiling of the company’s first Windows Phone handsets at an event in London this week, Nokia has rolled out 26 free Wi-Fi hotspots in the capital city thanks to its partnership with Spectrum Interactive, the U.K.’s leading Wi-Fi provider.
The first 26 hotspots will be located around West End shopping centers, and in Victoria, Marylebone, and Westminster, and are part of a trial that runs from today until the end of 2011. But if it’s a success, the Finnish phone giant will expand the service throughout London from early 2012.
“The trial is going to help us understand what people are using it for so we can improve it in the future,” said Craig Hepburn, Nokia’s director of digital and social media.
The “high-speed” service will limit users to 1Mbps download speeds and 500Kbps upload speeds, using Spectrum’s pay phone kiosks. Those aren’t blazingly fast speeds, but they will be enough for casual browsing while you’re out and about. Users will not be required to register or login to the service to use it, but they will need to agree to a set of terms and conditions the first they connect a device.
Nokia will publicize the service by adding the locations of each Wi-Fi hotspot into its maps application built into its devices.
Although there are already a number of free Wi-Fi services across London, particularly in its busiest areas, in my opinion you can never have too much free Wi-Fi. Are you pleased that Nokia is providing more?
[via BBC News]