O2 has confirmed to V3 that its customers can now access Virgin Media’s London Underground WiFi service free of charge across all 120 stations.
The firm told V3 last week that the service would be live by 22 July, but the testing procedures have been completed ahead of time, allowing the firm to provide the service to customers from Thursday.
O2 follows EE and Vodafone in offering this service to its customers. Gary Booker, consumer director at O2, said the rollout would help ensure the firm’s customer base could access key services when on the move around the capital.
“Our customers want to stay connected wherever they are and now they are able to check their email, update their Facebook status, shop online, book their next holiday and stay connected to their friends and family right across tube stations in Central London as part of their O2 service,” he said.
Mark Williamson, head of London WiFi at Virgin Media added: “We’re delighted O2 is on board and helping us keep the majority of Londoners connected at no extra cost.”
There are several ways for customers to access the service, the company explained. Customers already signed up to the firm's O2 WiFi service, either via a hotspot or the O2 WiFi app, will be automatically registered to the London Underground WiFi service.
After this, once signed in for the first time via the online portal on the underground, devices will automatically connect each time a user enters a WiFi-enabled station.
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.