Free Wi-Fi is now available in the S4B housing office and in our sheltered accommodation, and is available to all our visitors thanks to a deal between Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

The move comes as an increasing number of people are using mobile devices to access the internet. Wi-Fi will allow you to access services, search for local businesses, social networks and destinations.

So, when you next visit, here’s what you need to do to get started.

  • On your iPhone, iPad or iPod, click the Settings icon. On Android click Wi-Fi Settings
  • Click the WiFi Icon
  • After a few seconds, your phone will find the WiFi network “_BusybeeMcr”. Click on it
  • The “busybee” Screen should pop up on your phone a few seconds later
  • Fill in your details, tick the box and Click Let’s Go!
  • The box should disappear and you’re ready!

After an initial registration users will automatically be connected where available.

And don’t worry if you don’t have a mobile device but want to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, we have three laptops available to use for free in the S4B housing office using Wi-Fi to access the internet.

Please call us on 0300 555 0128 to book an appointment or ask at reception.

Free WiFi is also available for residents and visitors to our sheltered schemes 

Donna Shaw, S4B Sheltered Scheme Manager at Elizabeth Yarwood Court, Manchester said: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for tenants some of whom did not have any access at all to the internet before.

“One tenant in particular, a historian for Ardwick and other local areas in Manchester, has benefitted the most from the free WIFI in the communal lounge as it has given him access to the internet enabling him to do more research and he loves nothing more than chatting to others about his work.  

“Free Wifi has also opened up many opportunities for the other tenants at the scheme, who are now happy to use the WiFi in the communal lounge during the evenings, where before the lounge was very under used.

“Another resident who has never used a laptop or computer before, has now invested in a tablet and loves to look up images of Manchester from many years ago.

“Tenants now have the added advantage of being able to shop on line and pay bills”.  

Manchester’s on-street Wi-Fi, _FreeBeeMcr, now offers 30 minutes of free wifi in many more city centre locations, Chorlton, Didsbury and Withington district centres and the Oxford Road area.

And leisure centres, libraries, community centres, public buildings and cafes in our parks now enjoy unlimited free access at _BusyBeeMcr, while a third network, is available on all trams and Metroshuttle buses (look for MetrolinkWiFi and MetroshuttleWiFi).

Funded by central Government, the additional hotspots make Manchester’s urban network the largest in the UK.

Access to, VisitManchester and the Manchester Evening News websites is freely accessible at all times on all three networks.