BT should be launching a 3G service next year. Its partnership with Vodafone means it will have a number of technologies at its disposal, including the 3G/wireless cards that you can use a laptop in hotspots or over the 3G network. The service will be separate from 02, BT’s old mobile wing, since the two companies split a few years ago. BT’s aim is to get business users on board, and 3G will be part of a wider wireless plan, which includes the use of WiMax and 802.11 connections. A phone that can be used over wireless hotspot broadband services is also in the pipeline apparently.