Free Wi-Fi transforms Hull phone boxes

Hull broadband provider KC is revamping the city’s ageing telephone kiosks, installing free Wi-Fi hotspots that anyone can use.

Phone boxes in East Yorkshire are being given a new lease of life as plans to transform them into free Wi-Fi hotspots get underway.

Local telecoms provider KC is installing high-speed wireless broadband across Hull city centre's ageing, cream-coloured telephone kiosks.

The free Wi-Fi has already been switched on in some areas, including Whitefriargate, Jameson Street, King Edward Street and Princes Dock Street.

More of the Wi-Fi hotspots will be available over the coming weeks and months.

Gary Young, KC's business and consumer director, said: "The growing use of smartphones and tablets means more people want to access the internet while they're on the move.

"Our installation of Wi-Fi is intended to create a more connected city beyond the home and the workplace. It's a significant investment in a service we know our customers and other people visiting city centre will find useful."

East Yorkshire is separated from the rest of the country's telecoms network, which means the home phone and broadband of mainstream providers - the likes of BT, Sky and Virgin Media - is not an option for people in Hull and the surrounding areas.

It doesn't mean Hull is stuck in the dark ages though, particularly as KC Lightstream - the provider's superfast fibre optic broadband - offers speeds of up to 100Mb, almost matching Virgin Media's 120Mb and around eight times faster than the current UK average.

The free Wi-Fi offers users unlimited browsing for up to 30 minutes per day.

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