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Free Wi-Fi surfing for 2 hours

WITH a mobile phone account, people in Shanghai can go online for free at airports, cafes and shopping malls for up to two hours every day, the most free Wi-Fi hours nationwide, China Telecom said yesterday.

The country's top fixed-line phone operator said it is providing users of China Mobile or China Unicom free outdoor Wi-Fi services for two hours each day, starting this month.

Besides the national policy, Shanghai users can apply for an additional free Wi-Fi account for two hours every day until the end of this year, but there are a limited number of accounts, according to China Telecom's Shanghai branch.

"The necessary condition for the service is that you have a mobile phone and the whole process takes less than a minute," according to China Telecom's hotline 10000.

For details of use, people should type their mobile phone number onto China Telecom's WLAN (wireless local area network) welcome Web portal and get a temporary password through a short message.

China Mobile also provides a similar paid WLAN service for its users, charging 0.06 yuan (1 US cent) per minute.

It is the first time that one company is providing Wi-Fi services for subscribers of other carriers, which, industry insiders say, will push the development of Wi-Fi networks and services in China.

In Shanghai, Wi-Fi signals are available at Hongqiao and Pudong airports, Starbucks, the World Expo site, five-star hotels and other public areas. The services, provided by China Telecom and China Mobile, are geared towards making Shanghai a "wireless city."


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