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  • Inlinks to provide hotline to the North Pole with call Santa Feature.

    13th December 2017, London: This Christmas, streets in London and Leeds will be having an extra sprinkle of festive magic thanks to InLinkUK from BT and their InLink hotline to Santa. InLinks provide free calls, and what better way for the public, young and old, to let Santa know exactly what is on their Christmas wish list.

    From today, InLinks’ integrated tablet will display an icon which, once pressed, directly calls Santa, allowing users to leave a message for him to assist in his and the elves preparation for Christmas Eve. The Call Santa feature can be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the six London boroughs InLinks currently service; Camden, Islington, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as the second UK city to have InLinks on their streets, Leeds.

    InLinks, which will replace hundreds of BT payphones, are currently providing those living, working and travelling in these areas with the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available in the UK. They also benefit from free UK landline and mobile phone calls, mobile device charging, access to maps, directions and local services, as well as a new BT Phone Book app.
    The InLinks also feature digital displays which provide real-time information, such as tube service updates, weather forecasts and community messaging.

    Matt Bird, General Manager at InLinkUK, said “We are thrilled to be bringing a little more festive cheer to the streets of London and Leeds with the new Call Santa feature. We are using technology to bring the magic of Christmas to life, providing the public with the chance to leave a message for Santa. Our aim is to provide boundless connectivity, and this Christmas, we are extending that all the way to the North Pole!”

    Neil Scoresby, BT’s general manager for Payphones and InLinkUK, said: “We hope people join in the festive fun and enjoy leaving a message for Santa in the North Pole. The new InLinks provide many free digital services and we hope the new Call Santa feature is a hit with everyone.”

    NOTES TO EDITORS Media enquiries Louise Nicolson, Shelly Durrant, Sophie O’Donoghue: 020 7680 6550 or email InLinkUK@newgatecomms.com Follow us on Twitter here About InLinkUK InLinkUK is a new communications network that will replace over 1,000 pay phones in major cities across the UK, with new units called InLinks. Each InLink provides ultrafast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions, connecting those who visit, live and work in urban hubs across the UK.

    Hundreds of users within range of an InLink will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi on the move, with speeds of up to 1Gbps – the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available. InLinkUK from BT is being brought to the UK by intersection, the urban innovation company behind LinkNYC, and Primesight, a leading UK outdoor advertising company in partnership with BT. Learn more at http://www.inlinkuk.com BT’s wi-fi network in the UK: BT already operates the biggest network in the UK, giving customers unlimited access to the most extensive wi-fi coverage with more than five million hotspots.

    Images: For images, see The BT Media Image library and Telefocus – historical images from BT Archives. About BT BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach. For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.