From watching the football to staying connected: 5 ways free wi-fi will make your life easier

Why eat into your mobile data allowance if you don’t have to? BT Mobile and Broadband customers get free wi-fi access when they’re out and about - and here’s where you’ll find it really useful.

Fast 4G is a great way to get online when you’re out and about, but there are times when wi-fi is a better option. Downloading lots of data over 4G can be expensive if it takes you beyond your monthly allowance.

The good news is that there’s always wi-fi to fall back on and, if you’re a BT Mobile or BT Broadband customer, it won’t cost you a penny extra.As well as 4G, all BT Mobile customers can also connect to more than 5 million wi-fi hotspots in the UK and 13 million abroad absolutely free. All you need is the free BT Wi-fi app on your phone to make connections seamless and automatic. 

[Read more: How to use the BT Wi-fi app to connect to hotspots for free]

Here are 5 good reasons for using wi-fi when you’re away from home.

1. Never miss a match

There’s nothing more annoying than missing the big game just because you can’t be at home, but wi-fi can help. The BT Sport smartphone app lets BT Sports subscribers watch a range of live matches and highlights, so just connect to a BT hotspot to enjoy the action. It's free with BT Mobile 6GB or higher plan (excluding double data offers on the 3GB plan).

2. Use a tablet instead of a smartphone

If you prefer to use a tablet for more serious web work, as a BT Mobile customer, you can connect your tablet to free BT Wi-fi hotspots, too - you just need the free BT Wi-fi app and your login details. If your tablet has a SIM-card slot – why not buy a BT Mobile SIM?

3. Make cheap calls from abroad

Making mobile phone calls when you’re abroad can be expensive, so save money using a service like Skype instead. Connect to one of BT’s many partner hotspots overseas and calls to other computers using wi-fi will be free. 

4. Share a friend’s broadband the easy way

It can be a little awkward to ask for someone’s home wi-fi password when you want to connect to their network, even if you know them well. But as long as your friend is a BT Broadband customer, you don’t have to ask - you can just use the BT Wi-fi app to connect to the separate and secure hotspot that BT HomeHubs automatically create.

5. Connecting abroad – wherever you are

BT Mobile customers can also connect to Fon hotspots around the world - the free public Wi-fi created by users when they sign up to the Fon ‘share and share alike’ service (BT Broadband customers are part of it, too). So if you’re in the middle of nowhere with no mobile signal, you might find a Fon network is within easy reach.

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