Ozone unveils Android app to access free Wi-Fi in public areas


Ozone Networks, one of the India’s largest public Wi-Fi provider has recently unveiled a new app called Ozone Connect. Ozone Connect app spots the free Wi-Fi hotspots and allow mobile phone users to connect to it automatically. Through this app, the company hopes to increase the Wi-Fi users in India.


When there is free Wi-Fi zone in a public area around the user, the app intimates the user. If there is an Ozone Wi-Fi hotspot available, the Ozone Connect app will permit the customers to use it. To use the app, customers will have to do one-time registration with their email and phone number. On successful registration the user would receive a confirmation SMS. After the registration, the user would be notified when an Ozone Wi-Fi hotspot is available within proximity.

The free Wi-Fi from Ozone is offered only for first 30 minutes and after the 30 minutes the usage would be charged. User can choose the data packages that starts from Rs.30 onwards. The service can soon be spotted at popular chains like McDonald’s and Haldirams. There are more than 6500 Wi-Fi hotspots and provide Wi-Fi to more than 100,000 locations across the country, the company claims.

The initiative from Ozone will help users save their data and increase the time spend on Internet. Also, attract non-Ozone users to join it. A study says that average data consumption per user has increased from 10MB last year to 39.95MB this year until March 2015. Also, there seems to be a drastic increase in the number of internet sessions per day to 39,945 from just 900 last year. It is evident that Ozone Wi-Fi is already popular and the launch of the new service would rope in more customers.

“The app will make public Wi-Fi ubiquitous and seamless for customers and manual log-ins every time will not be required any more to access high-speed Wi-Fi at all our locations,” Pallab Mitra, chief operating officer at Ozone Networks told the publication.

For the Android phone users the app can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store. Currently, the app is available only on the Android platform and not for iOS or Blackberry. Apart from Ozone networks, other telecom players like Tata Tele, Vodafone India and MTS have also become entered the field of Wi-Fi hotspot. Vodafone and Tata Tele have set up public Wi-Fi zones in Delhi’s Khan Market and Connaught Place areas, respectively and MTS has set up at Gurgaon’s Rapid Metro.