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Barclays partners with BT to provide free Wi-Fi in UK branches

British lender Barclays has joined hands with BT to launch free Wi-Fi services at its 1,500 branches across the country, in a move to enable customers to easily connect to core banking services.

Initially, the bank has implemented the technology at nearly 800 branches, and in second phase it plans to roll it out at the remaining facilities.

The Wi-Fi service will enable customers to use any wireless-enabled PC, tablet or smartphone to connect to the internet, download its mobile banking apps including Pingit.

They can also connect to the bank’s website and other internet pages at a faster rate than 3G, the bank said.

Offered and administered by BT as a ‘white label’ service, the technology will be visible to the public in branches as ‘BarclaysFreeWifi’.

Free in-store Wi-fi access was high on the most-wanted list for consumers in the UK, Germany, Spain and the US, according to a research report by BT’s Youbiquity.

Around 41% banking customers participants said that free Wi-fi would greatly improve their in-branch experience.

Trading in more than 50 nations, Barclays employs nearly 140,000 people and delivers personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management services.