Internet Exchange, the UK’s largest chain of high street Internet stores, today unveils the most extensive network of managed WiFi hotspots in the UK. 30 high street and library Internet Exchange stores now have wireless high-speed Internet connections allowing consumers to use their own wireless-enabled laptops for online access, at less than one quarter of the cost of similar BT services. No other operator owns and manages this many WiFi hotspots, and each Internet Exchange hotspot has fully trained staff to help you get online, a service that no other WiFi operator provides.
The hotspots operate on the 802.11b industry standard, allowing any customer with a suitable wireless card in their laptop to access the internet without cables. Wireless cards will be available in selected Internet Exchange stores, or are widely available from office or computer supply stores.
Consumers wishing to use the wireless network will pay a connection fee, on a daily, monthly or annual rate, usually at less than one third of current BT rates. Once connected, they do not necessarily have to remain in the Internet Exchange store; with a range of approximately 50 metres, they can sit in a local café, pub or workplace and enjoy high-speed connection rates.
Internet Exchange are the only UK Wireless provider to have trained staff at all WiFi hotspots to offer help and support to those using wireless technology for the first time, or anyone with questions. This enables Internet Exchange to build up a unique rapport with consumers, making their stores highly attractive to advertisers and companies wishing to showcase products and services.
The Internet Exchange wireless service is being launched using technology provided by the San Francisco and Silicon Valley based Surf and Sip network (SNS), the industry leaders in WiFi across the USA. Customers who subscribe to the Surf and Sip network at Internet Exchange will be able to use their subscriptions at the SNS locations across the USA and its rapidly expanding worldwide network.
James Farquharson, CEO of Internet Exchange said:
“At Internet Exchange we recognise that the typical internet store is changing, that customers will increasingly want to access the web remotely from their own computers, and that WiFi is the technology that will enable them to do that. By providing a national network of wireless hotspots we will be providing a service that will be valuable to existing and new customers alike. It also provides a platform for technology companies to showcase their WiFi products to an informed and engaged audience.”
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o 24 hours unlimited access: £5 (BT: 24 Hours - £15, 1 hour - £6)
o 1 month unlimited access: £20 with membership plan, £40 for Pay As You Go access. (BT: £85)
Internet Exchange: Internet Exchange was founded in October 1997 and is now the UK’s largest network of high street internet stores, with 32 stores in the UK and 150 affiliates across Europe. As well as providing competitively priced Internet Access, they are now a major provider of training and learning opportunities, delivering their own proprietary training products and learndirect, through whom they offer over 900 courses to individuals and businesses. The Internet Exchange stores also offer a unique cross-platform marketing solution, with in-store promotion through trained staff and point of sale material being combined with online advertising and site promotion. Recent partners have included Tesco.com, The Inland Revenue, Telewest Blueyonder and Intel. For more details see
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