Three UK to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground

London Underground
By Harish Jonnalagadda on 17 Jul 2014 07:27 am EDT
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Three UK has announced that it is partnering with Virgin Media to provide its customers with free access to Virgin's Wi-Fi network on the London Underground. Other carriers like EE, Vodafone and O2 have already made similar deals in the past.

Three's Director of Customer Strategy, Danny Dixon, revealed to TechRadar that free Wi-Fi access will be available at 137 Underground stations by the end of July. The wireless coverage is extended to ticket halls, corridors and platforms. Customers on a carrier that hasn't yet struck a deal with Virgin Media will have to buy a Wi-Fi pass to avail the service.

Three UK users, are you excited about the free Wi-Fi access on the tube?

Source: TechRadar

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Three UK to provide free Wi-Fi on London Underground

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I'm on Vodafone, so had this for quite some time. It's not that useful in reality - it's only in the stations rather than on the trains. You're rarely on the platform at the central deep lying stations for more than a couple of minutes, and when on the tubes themselves it's a random question of whether it will connect as the train transits the station.

Mildly useful, that's about all.

Is it just me - or has this new LG G3 ad broken the forums. Tried on both IE and Chrome. No content - only ad. which has now BTW convinced me to never get an LG device

This is the second time this year they have had an out of control ad. It's one reason why I've utilized BBM Channels, BBM Groups and N4bb as fall backs.

It will defo make me have good reason to miss my train, but this is the problem with the UK.
They make a start, don't finish it, then someone comes and buys it outright, then UK kicks up a fuss when it's far too late. That includes years later too late.
The thing is, we must all know that the driver needs to always have access to communicate, so why not the passengers.

I think the only problem Tfl has, is how to charge it's customers for something that should be free and what we already pay for.
There's enough electricity down there to.

I hope they sort this out sooner than later too.

jtvberry

I agree with Banco, pretty useless really because your only in the station for a very short time.

"Z30 STA100-2 UK" Get's a Ten from Fen.

Now if anyone can figure out a way to air condition the tube, well that would be something! It's hideous at the moment.

Haha... same problem in Montreal! apparently is much easier say than done... but I think NYC done it!

Posted via CB10

As things stand, it's impossible on much of the tube. Deep lines and nowhere for the heat waste to go, so it'd be positively dangerous to try it.

You have it on the cut and cover lines like the Metropolitan.

NYC metro stations are the worst in summer time. All the hot steam pipes run through the underground and makes the stations a sweltering sticky mess. Combine that with constant rats and mice and it really is one of the worst platform experiences that I have had to endure.

Posted via CB10

Halfway end to Ramadan. Dubai Metro also announced free wifi during Ramadan season. Same thing. Only works at the station and not during train transit. It has some limitations but im happy to download my emails while waiting for the train.

Posted via CB10

At least it works as some sort of advertising for them, even if it's just only a little more than a gimmick ...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

It is not perfect but I find that my old Bold 9700 picks up emails passing through stations, I reply between stations and hit 'send' at the next station.

Texting does not work but sometimes my UMA lights up and I can take and make calls . . . . bewildered passengers probably think that I am a nutter pretending I have a signal 200 feet underground talking to myself . . . .

Biggest problem at the moment is getting our IT techie to install BES10 so that I can get work emails onto my Q10 but that does not have UMA so I will lose underground call facility!

Posted via CB10

I found it to be hopeless. If you haven't connected before boarding the train you can forget it, because you're never in a station long enough to get through the wifi login screens. It also seemed to drop out once logged in, and require you to log in again. Tedious.

Posted via CB10

"Three UK users, are you excited about the free Wi-Fi access on the tube?"

There must be more than 3 users in the UK, c'mon.

Posted via CB10

I'm in the UK and trying to find out whether 3's network coverage is any good - their tariffs look great but not much point if coverage is rubbish.
Any one with experience of their 4G service; please share!

Z10 STL100-2 10.2.1.3247 EE UK

Likewise I'm on EE and tempted by 3...

Going for a 4G Sim only plan and a Z30....

Posted via Z10, UK based (Good luck Bla1ze as EiC!)

I'm with Three but also with Virgin so it won't make any difference to me. But as the first poster said, it's only when you're at the station so it's not even that big a deal. Once you've logged in and started a message your tube has arrived.

Posted via CB10

Omg just bought the z30, the screen quality looks so rubbish compared to z10. Apart from the screen quality, the phones amazing. Well it's ok when I got it for £200 from ebay brand new.

Posted via CB10

It just makes 3's package even better...

3 are only network I've not yet tried...they're all a rip off generally speaking but willing to give them a try.

Posted via Z10, UK based (Good luck Bla1ze as EiC!)

Like the dude previously said, I've had this on EE for quite some time now, and despite it sounding good on paper there's actually no point to it simply because of the time it takes to connect vs. your train arriving. Only remotely useful if your next train isn't coming for 30mins.

Posted via CB10 on Blackberry Q5

In New York City, in the subway, we have a WIFI growing system like what they are putting in London.
There is a great advantage to have communication in the underground areas where normal phone service is not available. And, in many areas there is not only WIFI but also other network service.

This is the best birthday present am going to get this year, and I absolutely Love IT :-)

Before I started to read about it, this was posted to my fb ;)

jtvberry