Nokia back 26 free WiFi hotspots in London

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Nokia are backing the launch of 26 free WiFi hotspots across London. The launch coincides with the soon to be released Lumia devices, but the hotspots will of course work with any type of device. Web page authentication is required, and it’s not yet clear if WEP or WPA encryption will be used. As a further tie in with Nokia, each hotspot (and future hotspots) will be listed in Nokia Maps as a point of interest.

The hotspots are being built by Spectrum Interactive, and sponsored by Nokia. They will apparently be free until the end of December, but there is no word about what will happen after then; i.e. will they disappear or require payment?

Spectrum Interactive already run 1,800 WiFi hotposts across the country, including 1,000 in London.

Nokia London WiFi login page

You can register for a free WiFi account with Nokia via the registration page.

The 26 hotspots can be found in the following locations:

  • Bayswater
  • Bloomsbury
  • Knightsbridge
  • Lancaster Gate
  • Marylebone
  • Mayfair
  • Oxford St
  • Sloane Square
  • South Kensington
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Victoria 
  • Westminster

Spectrum Interactive’s chairman Simon Alberga reported that transfer speeds would be capped at 1.0 Mbps down and 0.5 Mbps up. If you’ve found and used one of these hotspots, please report your experiences in the comments.

Source: ElectricPig