HSBC offers free wi-fi in UK branches

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Global banking giant HSBC is joining the growing rank of businesses that offer free wi-fi to customers.

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The BBC says that free wi-fi in hundreds of branches is part of a move by HSBC to encourage customers to manage their accounts on smartphones.

The service has been rolled out to around 650 branches throughout the UK via BT’s wi-fi network.

HSBC recently announced it has seen more than £2 billion of payments and transfers made via mobile banking app, with more than one million log-ins being made every week.

Rival banking chain Barclays launched free wi-fi in its 1,600 UK branches in 2013.

Stuart O’Connor