Wireless internet, or WiFi for short, lets smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras and all other WiFi-enabled devices connect to the internet using radio waves (via a router).
When using a WiFi hotspot, your device needs to have its WiFi capability switched on (it should be somewhere under 'settings' or 'connections'), and you need to be in range of the hotspot.
Here at Stonehouse, we've installed free O2 Wifi, which means we're a 'O2 Wifi hotspot'. Unlike many other kinds of WiFi hotspots, O2 Wifi is free - no hidden charges or nasty surprises, just free, fast and easy internet access. And it's available to everyone, whether or not you're an O2 customer. You can sign up for O2 Wifi at any of its hotspots.
Once registered, your WiFi-enabled devices will be connected automatically every time you visit an O2 Wifi hotspot. You don't need any passwords or usernames to connect, and using the service won't eat into your mobile data allowance.
It's simple. Just register your details the first time you access our free service (unless you've already done so at another O2 Wifi hotspot). You'll only need to do this once and you can enter up to five devices. Once signed up, your smartphone, tablet, laptop or whatever WiFi-enabled device you've registered will connect automatically every time you visit us (or other O2 hotspot).
It's easy to get online using our free WiFi:
Just click the 'No mobile coverage' link at the bottom of the page and follow the registration process. You'll be given two hours of free usage to tide you over until you can access your SMS. But you will need to fully register (with the code you've been sent) on your next visit to a Stonehouse or another venue with O2 Wifi.
The strength of O2 Wifi depends on things like how far you are from the access point (although if you're inside the venue, that shouldn't be a problem). Or how many people are trying to connect to the same hotspot at the same time. Also, some gadgets connect to WiFi quicker than others.
You'll find additional info at o2wifi.co.uk. Alternatively, call O2 Wifi's customer support line on 0844 4632626, which is open 8am-9pm from Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm on Saturdays and 8am-6pm on Sundays.
A number of reasons. One, security - it helps us protect you from nasty viruses and fraud. Two, legally we need to ask people to register some information about themselves before using the service (to comply with European Data Retention directives). This information may be made available to authorities as required, but we won't share your details with any third party companies.
Three, it's simpler. Registering means you don't have to log in when you visit Stonehouse or any other O2 Wifi hotspot. You'll also get the opportunity to opt in for news and offers from Stonehouse.
The terms and conditions for using our free WiFi internet service can be found on the landing page when you connect to the O2 Wifi hotspot at Stonehouse.
O2 Wifi's wireless network is one of the most secure public access networks. When using it you'll see a personalised welcome page with your name displayed - so when you enter an O2 Wifi hotspot, you'll know that it's genuine.
However, your device will be connected to a public network and, as such, may still be vulnerable. O2 Wifi offers the following tips and precautions to help you to protect your personal data: