Free WiFi on the London Underground to be extended to more customers

Free Wi-Fi on the London Underground extended to more customers
By DJ Reyes on 25 Nov 2012 01:31 am EST
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Virgin Media launched its London Underground WiFi last summer for the Olympics. It gave commuters the ability to use WiFi at selected underground stations. According to the Virgin Media website, full internet access is available for all commuters until early 2013. After this, only Virgin Media customers can enjoy full free internet access while non-Virgin Media commuters would have to pay a fee if they wanted to browse anything other than TfL (Transport for London) travel updates or London news and entertainment updates.

It now looks like Vodafone and EE have managed to strike a deal with Virgin Media and the WiFi service will be available to Orange, T-Mobile UK, EE and Vodafone customers too. There will then be a Pay As You Go system in place for other network users who wish to use the WiFi portal.

There are currently 72 London Underground stations that have Virgin Media's WiFi portal with more planned by the end of the year. 

So, that means more members of Team BlackBerry can get the crack on while commuting the London Underground. Have you made use of the WiFi portal yet? Sound off in the comments and tell us if the service works well, or not.

For more information and to see the list of Wi-Fi enabled stations

Source: Tracy and Matt 

Reader comments

Free WiFi on the London Underground to be extended to more customers

7 Comments

I think they are still in the RFP stage (Bell, Rogers, Telus) If they have made a decision, they haven't announced it yet (or loudly enough), sides....the TTC's plans calls for service on the platforms and on the train. Broader in scope, even when it's awarded out and started, it's going to take years to complete.

Hahahahahaha @ TTC!!! They are still spraying WD40 on the wheels of the subway trains. All 3 level of governments talk all over each other with no action. When it comes to public transit, Toronto is still behind some of the developing countries.

In my opinion this is nice to have for extended subway trips in general though it's not a necessity in my opinion. Regarding the ttc and Toronto I think it would be a waste of money especially if the ttc to implement it and pay for it themselves as their operating costs already go over budget and cost taxpayers money. If Bell or any Canadian cellular company chose to do what virgin did I would support wifi in Toronto subways.
Blackberry for Life

I work in London and this wifi is a boon to accessing the internet. Being with Virgin Media I can look froward to an extended enjoyment which works very well in the underground. Keep it to the stations as wifi on the tube would be a nuisance with all the hoypaloy and whoray hendries all talking ar once.

I'm always on the Underground Network & as soon as bbm7 beta was released I used this immediately for calling while on the go. Very useful even if i hardly use as saves time from leaving the station to gain reception to msg or in cases call.

I doubt the ttc will ever have that. The big three and the smaller three can really do good and not have the ttc pay for it. This is awesome news for londoners!!