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Wireless Hotspots Open To Prepaid, Credit Card

Telecom Wireless Hotspots Open To Prepaid And Credit Card Users

Going online away from home or the office will be easier than ever with Telecom this week rolling out prepaid or credit card access to New Zealand ’s most extensive network of wireless hotspots.

“The virtual office created by Telecom’s more than 200 wireless hotspots will be open to anyone with a WiFi enabled laptop or PDA,” Telecom’s Head of WiFi services Paul Stoddart said.

Previously only Xtra customers could use the Telecom wireless hotspots which enable those with WiFi enabled equipment to access the Internet at broadband speed without the need for a cable or phone jack.

Internet users can buy a Telecom wireless hotspot prepaid card or use their Visa or Mastercard to purchase time online at Telecom wireless hotspots in cafes, libraries, hotels, convention centres and transport hubs.

“Telecom already has the most widespread wireless hotspot network in the country and by Christmas we are intending to more than double the number of Telecom wireless hotspots to 450,” Mr Stoddart said.

“That means people working or travelling away from their base can stay in touch or on top of business by simply visiting a café for a coffee, opening up their laptop and reading their emails.”

“Business people can also check appointments, send and receive documents and even access their company’s own intranet if they are set up for remote working,” Mr Stoddart said.

“Telecom is able to provide people with choice of how and where they want to work because we are able offer a range of complementary options including our wireless hotspots, Mobile Broadband and Xtra Broadband.”

The new payment option will be rolled nationwide this week and Telecom wireless hotspot prepaid cards can be purchased at participating Telecom wireless hotspots.

Internet access at Telecom wireless hotspots costs $9.95 (including GST) per hour for prepaid customers and Xtra dial-up customers.

Xtra Broadband and Mobile Broadband customers can access Telecom wireless hotspots for free until 31 December 2005, and megabytes downloaded or uploaded will be part of plan allowances.

People without a WiFi enabled laptop can enable their device with a 802.11g wireless laptop card, which can be purchased from Telecom stores.

To find the location of Telecom wireless hotspots throughout the country, and terms and conditions for the service, people can visit


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