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Virgin Media Given Go-Ahead to Supply Free Wi-Fi to London’s Underground Stations

by Killian Bell | March 15, 2012March 15, 2012 3:01 am PST

London Underground sign

Virgin Media has secured a contract that will allow the company to provide free Wi-Fi to London Underground stations — the “subway” to my American friends — this summer; just in time for this year’s Olympic Games.

80 tube stations will have free Wi-Fi in place by the time the Olympics kicks off on July 27, and a further 40 stations will be supported by the end of this year. London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, said the service is fabulous and free:

“Millions of passengers will now be able to connect to their work, friends or access the latest news and travel information while on the move. This is a fabulous new and free resource which will be in place from this summer when London is being showcased on a global stage and playing host to millions.”

However, it won’t always be free. According to the Londonist, after the Paralympics, the service will only remain free to Virgin Media subscribers. Everyone else will have to pay a fee. All users will, however, be able to access basic travel information without incurring a charge.

Wi-Fi will only be available in the stations, and not on the train themselves. So you will lose Internet access when you leave the station.

Still, it’s about time we had Wi-Fi access on the Underground, and it’ll surely give you something to do while you wait for your late train.

Will you be taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi from Virgin Media?

[via The Next Web]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...