iphone.pngOk, Apple is charging the folks in the US about $140 (£70) less for the iPhone but believe it or not, we are getting some extra value for this money here in the UK. What you ask? Free Wi-Fi access at over 7000 hotspots in the UK. Apple has teamed up with The Cloud to provide iPhone users with free unlimited access (subject to fair use).

This service on its own is worth £125 in value over the 18 month contract period (at £6.99 a month). So maybe we shouldn’t be so harsh on Apple for charging more for the iPhone in the UK.

Will I have free Wi-Fi access in my area?
You can look up the location Wi-Fi hotspots in your area here. Here’s the coverage in the centre of Birmingham:


The access points are located within pubs, hotels, restaurants and even public phone booths. I can hardly wait to be enjoying the free Wi-Fi on my iPhone while out on the town!

For the times when you are out of the range of a free Wi-Fi hotspot, you can always use the slower internet access via EDGE which is also free on iPhone (if you are amongst the 30% that’s covered).