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EE on track to offer free Wi-Fi deal for Tube users

21 Nov 2012
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EE has seemingly revealed details of plans to offer its customers free access to Virgin Media's London Underground Wi-Fi network, although it has since deleted the announcement from its Twitter page.

Writing on its official page this morning the firm said the free service would be available from the start of next year.

"Travel on the tube? From early 2013, EE customers will be able to get WiFi access on the London Underground at no extra cost. Details soon."

However, the firm later removed the message, suggesting someone at the firm had jumped the gun on the announcement. Nevertheless, it has been indexed on several sites.

V3 contacted EE for comment on the situation but had received no reply at time of publication.

V3 also contacted Virgin Media for comment on the announcement, but the firm declined to comment.

Nevertheless, the announcement would make sense as Virgin Media has always said it would considered wholesaling the networking to partners and it recently announced access would remain free until the end of the year, making 2013 a logical start date for any deals.

Furthermore, it would be unsurprising if O2 and Vodafone were not also looking to offer similar access, given the benefits the service offers and the large number of customers all operators have in the capital.

Additionally, O2 and Vodafone need to make sure they match EE for services as its rival has a few month heads start on the delivery of 4G services, with the firm announcing SIM-only pricing details earlier this week.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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