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Virgin Media Launches First Wi-Fi Network for London Underground

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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’.

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Aldgate East

Elephant & Castle

London Bridge

St Paul’s

Angel

Embankment

Manor House

Stepney Green

Archway

Euston

Mansion House

Stockwell

Arsenal

Euston Square

Marble Arch

Stratford

Barbican

Finsbury Park

Marylebone

Swiss Cottage

Bayswater

Goodge Street

Mile End

Temple

Bermondsey

Green Park

North Greenwich

Tottenham Hale

Bethnal Green

Hammersmith (District/Picc)

Old Street

Tower Hill

Blackhorse Road

Heathrow T1-3

Oval

Tufnell Park

Borough

Heathrow T4

Oxford Circus

Vauxhall

Brixton

High Street Kensington

Paddington (Main)

Victoria

Caledonian Road

Highbury & Islington

Piccadilly Circus

Walthamstow Central

Camden Town

Holborn

Pimlico

Warren Street

Canada Water

Holland Park

Queensway

Warwick Avenue

Canary Wharf

Hyde Park Corner

Regents Park

Waterloo

Canning Town

Kentish Town

Seven Sisters

Wembley Central

Chancery Lane

Kings Cross/St Pancras

Southfields

Wembley Park

Charing Cross

Lambeth North

Southwark

West Ham

Clapham North

Lancaster Gate

St James Park

Wimbledon Park

Covent Garden

Leicester Square

St Johns Wood

Westminster

Edgware Road (Circle)

Liverpool Street

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Via: Engadget

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