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3G Dongles and Smartphone Wi-Fi Hotspots Banned at Olympics

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Demonstrating security restrictions tighter than an airport amid a terrorist threat, LOCOG has published an exhaustive list of items that you won't be able to take to the Olympics. Alongside the classic "no liquids over 100ml" restriction, LOCOG has also banned 3G dongles and the use of mobile hotspots in smartphones.

The Olympics kick off tomorrow with the Danny Boyle-designed opening ceremony - but LOCOG is doing its best to ensure a 28 Days Later-style fiasco doesn't ensue. It has restricted many items from being taken into the Olympic park. Some are obvious, such as firearms, knives and pepper spray.

But some are a little more left-field. 3G dongles and Mi-Fi style units are not allowed, and you're not meant to use your smartphone to create an internet connectivity-sharing Wi-Fi hotspot. We're yet to confirm whether there will be Wi-Fi-sensing rottweilers on-site to take out anyone doing so.

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Other tech-related items that have been shunned include walkie-talkies, phone jammers, radio scanners, laser pointers and strobe lights.

Disappointed? Don't take it to heart as the chances of you getting good enough 3G signal in such a packed area to make it worthwhile are pretty slim.

Via London2012

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piesforyou

July 26, 2012, 8:40 pm

Walkie talkies? They're crazy. What can a terrorist do with a walkie talkie that they can't with a mobile phone?

BTwifiolympics

August 8, 2012, 1:40 pm

Just quick reminder to BT Broadband customers, you can access free wi-fi at over 500,000 locations across London for the duration of the Games, including the Olympic Park. All you have to do is remember to bring your BT Broadband login details. Find out more here: http://www.btwifi.com

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