Has anyone managed to connect to the Telekom hotspots in Germany? They are everywhere - broadcast from phone boxes in the streets as well as many other places. They claim BT Wi-Fi is a roaming partner. But when I type in my @btinternet.com address and password to the BT wi-fi page it rejects them and resets the username field to be @btopenzone.com as if that is the only form of email address it will accept.
@ Cabp5, I drew a blank in both Munich and Berlin with wi fi partners like you during this month
It works reliably in Brussels, but there the main telco also supports FON. There is something very confusing here - BT openzone, and BT Fon have both been renamed to BT Wi-Fi as if it is a single service, but it isn't. What we still need to know about any individual access point is - is it FON based - and the name change obscures that.
It is confusing. As I understand it, the generic product is BT Wi-Fi but it can be broadcast with one of several SSIDs. BTOpenzone indicates a commercial hotspot like Starbucks; BTWiFi and BTWiFi-with-FON are home hub signals. Apart from free-to-all Openzone hotspots, the service is available to two groups of customers. Those with BT Wi-Fi (including opted-in BT broadband users) have access to all points; members of Fon can only use BTWiFi-wth-FON.
Additionally, BT Wi-Fi customers can access Fon hotspots worlwide. I've never come across one in the UK but managed to connect to a weak one in Arras. I'm going to Brussels next week and might give the Belgacom service a try.