London’s eccentric mayor, Boris Johnson, has announced free Wi-Fi for the London Underground, just in time for a little something called the Olympics. It’s some sort of sporting event, I’m told.
The Wi-Fi will be provided by Virgin Media, and I did say free, but at some point after the Olympics you’re gonna have to start paying for it, Londoners.
From July, all passengers will be able to connect to Virgin Media’s London Underground Wi-Fi for nowt. Around 80 stations will offer Wi-Fi goodness initially, rising to 120 by the end of 2012.
Following the summer period, the Tube Wi-Fi will be made available with Virgin Media’s broadband and mobile offerings, however all passengers will be able to access free TfL travel information.
For those who don’t subscribe to Virgin Media, you can access the Tube Wi-Fi via a Pay As You Go scheme.
In celebration, Boris Johnson ran around naked and screamed: "It's vital that we harness the massive opportunities stemming from the digital revolution, by creating a vibrant, world class industry to attract investment and create jobs for Londoners.
“Millions of passengers will now be able to connect to their work, friends or access the latest news and travel information whilst 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."