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What is a hotspot?

A hotspot is a place that has public WiFi access.

This means any WiFi device like a smartphone or a tablet can connect and access the broadband that’s available there.

These places are also known as public hotspots or WiFi hotspots.

Public WiFi is a great way to save on data for your smartphone or tablet, or just as a way to get online with devices that can’t access mobile internet through 3G or 4G.

Hotspots can be free or they may cost money to access.

With a paid hotspot, you’ll typically need to pay up front to use the WiFi for a set amount of time.

You can pay directly from your device when you connect to the hotspot.

Free or exclusive hotspot access is a common perk for broadband and mobile contracts.

Exclusive hotspots are usually accessed through a password that is given to you by your broadband provider.

Four companies offer widespread exclusive hotspots as part of their set-up: mobile network O2, broadband providers BT, Sky (The Cloud) and Virgin Media.

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