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Nintendo & O2 Offer Free Wi-Fi Hotspots To UK 3DS Users

Published June 7, 2013 by |

Nintendo has teamed up with mobile network O2 to offer free Wi-Fi hotspots to 3DS and 3DS XL users across the UK.

Nintendo devices will be able to take advantage of over 8,000 O2 hotspots in the UK, including hotspots in high-street chains such as McDonalds, Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut, and public venues such as The O2 Arena, and Twickenham and Bluewater shopping centre.

To use the hotspots 3DS owners will require the latest system update. The device will notify the user when they’re in an O2 Wi-Fi Hotspot via a ‘Nintendo Zone’ icon. Functionality isn’t limited to online gaming as users will be able to access the Nintendo eShop to purchase and download games, receive software updates as well as browse the internet.

Gavin Franks, MD of O2 Wifi said:

“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 Wi-Fi connection when they’re on the move – something that we know is becoming perceived as a right, rather than a privilege.”

The partnership is now live but its availability is limited to certain areas. It will be rolled out across the country in stages, although no exact date has been given.