INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) BT announced today that Barclays will be the first high street bank to offer free WiFi access for bank customers in branches across the UK.
BT will roll out WiFi hotspots to 1,500 of Barclays branches in what Barclay's said will make banking easier for its customers by "providing more opportunities for them to access the internet".
"Barclays customers will be able to use any wireless-enabled PC, tablet or smartphone to connect to the internet, download its mobile banking apps including Pingit, access www.barclays.co.uk and other internet sites often faster than if they were using 3G," BT said in a statement today.
Barclays' front line staff said this will benefit customers by allowing them to give product demos using customers' own mobiles and tablets, a service Barclays touts as "free of charge".
BT said the project follows initial trials in three Barclays branches. It has already rolled out the technology to more than half of the 1,500 branches, where it's now available for customer use.
"The remaining branches will go live with the service during February and March 2013," BT added.
BT made it clear that the service will be provided and managed by BT as a "white label" service, meaning that it will be visible to the public in branches as "Barclays Free Wifi".
Customers merely have to click to accept the terms and conditions before connecting to the service. µ