Irish former fixed line monopoly Eircom has struck a deal with PayPal to allow its customers to pay for their Wi-Fi access via the e-payment platform. The telco commissioned Swedish payment service integration company Aptilo to facilitate the payment plan which is available at no cost to Eircom broadband, Meteor Mobile and eMobile customers. Further, the operator says that non-Eircom customers can also use PayPal or credit cards to access its Wi-Fi network.
For non-Eircom customers and users of Eircom’s fixed landline services however, whilst the first ten minutes are free, after that, charges are levied at a flat-rate of EUR1 (USD1.28) for access up until midnight on the same day. The incumbent’s Wi-Fi Hub network is available in more than 1,900 hotspots across the Republic of Ireland including at Irish Rail and DART stations, as well as in bars, restaurants, petrol filling stations and other public areas.