Would lose one third of its existing wi-fi hotspot network.
O2 has called off its partnership with BT, affecting several of its customers, who will no longer have access to BT’s Openzone wi-fi hotspots around the UK from 01 July 2013.
The mobile operator will lose around one third of its current Wi-Fi hotspot network after the completion of a four-year deal between the two firms on June 30, 2013.
O2 in a statement said that from July 1, 2013, the company will no longer offer access to BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots to its customers.
"We’ll continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 wi-fi through exciting partnerships with venues including O2 shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK," the mobile operator said.
O2 presses that its own network of over 8,000 wi-fi hotspots will still be offered in several shops and restaurant chains.
With an overall five million hotspots available on BT Openzone across the UK, only 4,200 of premium access points were shared with its customers, O2 claims.
O2 has advised its customers currently relying on BT Openzone sites to modify their phone’s settings to prevent the handset dropping other connections upon sensing a nearby Openzone.