POCKET GAME PLAYING Nintendo 3DS owners can now get free WiFi provided at O2 hotspots.
Around 8,000 of these hotspots can be found at high street locations and fast food outlets like McDonalds, Debenhams, Pizza Hut and Costa Coffee. O2 announced the launch of its own WiFi hotspot service last week, after cutting ties with BT.
If you are the sort of person that takes up coffee shop space to play a Nintendo 3DS, then this is for you.
In a joint statement the firms said that the 3DS service will also be extended to parts of London like Westminster, as well as showgrounds like the O2 music venue and Twickenham.
"Nintendo is a leading brand in the gaming world and have shown real innovation in the industry, making them an ideal partner for O2 WiFi. With the popularity of online multiplayer gaming continuing to rise, customers are looking for a fast, free accessible WiFi connection when they're on the move - something that we know is becoming perceived as a right, rather than a privilege," said O2 MD of WiFi Gavin Franks in a glowing statement.
"This deal will enable Nintendo 3DS gamers to automatically connect their device to O2 WiFi whenever they are in one of our thousands of hotspots across the UK's top venues, restaurants and retailers. It's a great example of how we're delivering brilliant digital experiences for our customers."
The firms said that users will not have to worry about any "complicated" setups, and can just hop onto a WiFi hotspot whenever they are in one.
Nintendo 3DS owners should apply the most recent system update and enable the 3DS hotspot finder.
"We're always looking at ways to improve the user experience for Nintendo 3DS owners," added Shelly Pearce, marketing and PR director for Nintendo UK. "This partnership with O2 means that gamers will now have access to all of the unique online features in more locations than ever before." µ