Three and Bitbuzz agree largest data offload partnership in Ireland.

Dublin, 22nd April 2012: Three, Ireland’s largest high speed network and Bitbuzz, Ireland’s leading Wi-Fi Network Operator, today announce an agreement to expand their Wi-Fi offering to include all of Three’s smartphone customers for free! The agreement marks the most significant data offload deal to-date in Ireland.

Since July 2010, all Three’s iPhone customers have availed of free Wi-Fi through the Bitbuzz platform, but the service has now been expanded to include Three’s Android users. Apps for Three’s Bitbuzz Wi-Fi service are available in the iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace. As well as now being universally available across all of Three’s iPhones and Androids, the new offering covers both prepay and bill pay subscribers to Three.

Bitbuzz has also rolled out Wi-Fi hotspots to Three’s thirty retail stores in Ireland, meaning customers can try the safe, high-speed Wi-Fi offering before they buy. This is another significant development within the strategic partnership between Three Ireland and Bitbuzz.

Elaine Carey, Sales and Marketing Director at Three commented: “Three are delighted to expand our partnership with Bitbuzz, offering free Wi-Fi connectivity to all our smartphone customers. Three is committed to leading the smartphone marketplace forward and see this enhanced offering as not only offering our customers more choice but also continuing to deliver on this promise.”

“Following our success with the initial offering for iPhones, we are confident that the demand for free Wi-Fi will increase with our expansion across Three’s other smartphone customers,” said Shane Deasy, Managing Director, Bitbuzz. “It is very clear that Three has a real belief in Wi-Fi, and this agreement underscores that. It is also a fact that handhelds are a significant force in the explosion in demand for Wi-Fi.

Bitbuzz now has in excess of 740,000 registered users and is achieving 10,000 peak logins per day across Ireland and the UK.