Virgin Media Launches First Wi-Fi Network for London Underground
Tweeting from the tube is soon to be a very real possibility for Londoners, as Virgin Media has installed the first Wi-Fi network in one underground station.
A partnership between Virgin Media and Transport for London will see Wi-Fi networks installed across the London Underground system, allowing travellers to get online. No fewer than 80 tube stations will get free Wi-Fi installed in time for the Olympic Games, perfect for checking the latest updates for each tube line using TfL’s new Twitter accounts.
Each Wi-Fi network will be free for the duration of the Olympic Games, changing to a pay-as-you-go system afterwards. During this time, when users connect to the router they are automatically directed to a Virgin Media page where they can purchase a suitable amount of time in which they can use the net.
BBC Tech journalist Rory Cellan-Jones recently sent the first ever tweet from deep underground at one Underground station. It read:
“Historic first tweet from deep under London using @TFLofficial @virginmedia new tube wifi service – testing, testing.”
80 of London’s busiest Underground stations will be connected with Wi-Fi by the end of July, with an estimated 40 further stations being added by the end of the year, taking the total up to 120.
For those who don’t wish to pay to use Wi-Fi after the Olympic Games, connecting to the network will still send you to a basic website which provides travel information, which will come in useful.
If you’re a Virgin Mobile or Virgin Mobile Broadband customer you’ll be able to log in and use any of the tube Wi-Fi networks for free.
Have you been waiting for Wi-Fi on the Underground for a long time? Let us know your thoughts on the latest developments.
The full list of stations due to get Wi-Fi connectivity before the end of July can be found below – just click ‘Show’.
Elephant & Castle
High Street Kensington
Highbury & Islington
Hyde Park Corner
Kings Cross/St Pancras
St James Park
St Johns Wood
Edgware Road (Circle)