Free wi-fi hot spots a hit

Last updated 13:21 03/01/2013

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About 3000 people per day are taking advantage of free wi-fi that is being provided by Telecom at beaches and other holiday spots around the country.

Spokeswoman Holly Linnel said 14,000 people had registered for the service, which they had used to download and upload more than 2 terabytes of data. That would have had a value of $200,000 at Telecom's casual pre-pay mobile data rate of $1 per 10 megabytes. 

More than 1200 people were newly registering each day and that number was growing, Linnel said.

Telecom is offering the free wi-fi from 103 wi-fi capable phone booths and four surf clubs until the end of February.

People need a New Zealand mobile number capable of receiving text messages to sign up for the service, but needn't be Telecom customers. The hot spots have a range of up to about 80 metres.

Most of the free hot spots are concentrated around the upper North Island, Nelson, Marlborough and Queenstown, with none in the North Island south of Rotorua.

However, other free options exist in other parts of the country, including cbdfree on the Wellington waterfront.

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