The following announcement is information from UPC Ireland before the move to Virgin Media.
UPC launches Horizon Phone App and Wi-Free
UPC customers can save money on mobile calls at home, out-and-about, or even abroad using your UPC Home Phone pack
Free Wi-Fi for UPC broadband customers with Horizon Wi-Free
Wednesday, 16th April, 2014: Ireland’s leading TV, broadband and communications innovator UPC is launching two new services, Horizon Phone App and Horizon Wi-Free, both of which enable UPC customers to save money on their mobile bills.
Horizon Phone App is a free app, which combines the convenience of your smartphone with the great value ofyour UPC Home Phone. It allows you to use your smartphone to make calls using your UPC Home Phone call pack. The Horizon Phone App can be used everywhere Wi-Fi is available, at home or abroad. Wherever you are in the world - you can call family and friends back home for free (using your inclusive UPC Home Phone call pack), avoiding expensive roaming costs.
Horizon Wi-Free is also a free and unique service which gives UPC broadband customers the freedom to seamlessly connect their smartphone or tablet in another UPC broadband household using a second, separate Wi-Fi network. In recent customer trials, 87% claimed it improved their opinion of UPC.
Wi-Free means that you don’t have to ask your host for their Wi-Fi password or use expensive 3/4G. When customers set their device to connect once, it will automatically connect every time after that. The service does not impact the broadband speed, usage or security of the home user, and up to five people can connect to each Horizon Wi-Free hot spot at a time.
Ronan McEvoy, Head of Consumer Products, UPC Ireland said, “Both services were successfully trialled with thousands of UPC customers since January, and are now ready to share with all UPC customers. Many families will be interested in these products to help to save money on their own or their children’s mobile phones. Horizon Phone App allows customers to get the very most from their Home Phone call plan, whilethe Horizon Wi-Free service means you can still enjoy the benefits of our Fibre Powered Broadband when you’re visiting friends, and avoid expensive data charges on your mobile.”
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Notes to editor:
UPC launched its new Horizon TV App for Android smartphones & tablet on 8th April. For UPC Digital TV and broadband customers, this App allows them to enjoy their favourite TV shows on their Android device free of charge, with up to 50 channels. UPC customers can already avail of Horizon TV Online and by App on Apple iOS devices.
The Horizon Wi-Free customer trial was open to over 9,000 UPC broadband customers in Limerick from January to March 2014. At the end of the trial period, from a survey of 134 users, UPC reported that 87% claimed it improved their opinion of UPC, and 85% were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the service.