The Eurostar, despite having a perception of being an elegant, sophisticated way to hop across the Channel and sample the delights of Paris or Amsterdam with ease, is actually a fairly dull travel experience, not helped by the occasional horror stories that come from nine-hour delays.
Still, some 20 million people use it every year, and, instead of staring out of the windows at the dull, industrial landscapes of northern France and southern England (the route really is dull) most will spend the time using tablets and smartphones to read news, send emails and other web activities.
Except, of course, during the bit actually in the tunnel when all signal disappears for the duration, until you emerge, blinking, into France or the UK.
However, Eurotunnel, the management firm for the Channel Tunnel, is set to change all this having announced a deal with French telecoms operators to install 2G and 3G networks ahead of the Olympic Games so our Gallic cousins can enjoy Le Web as they head to Blighty.
The service will at first only be available in the France to UK tunnel, with operators Bouygues Telecom, Orange SFR and Free agreeing a deal with the French government and Eurotunnel to manage the €14 million installation.
Of course, this does mean that yet another small pocket of internet-less existence in the Western world will be gone, as we continue with our desire to provide pervasive web access wherever we may be, so we can't escape life, work, family, stock prices, and the rest.
Still, the UK to France tunnel won't be fitted with the necessary equipment until after the games, so those travelling to the continent can at least disappear for a little while yet, and then claim roaming charges make it too expensive to call home or check data on-the-go.
However, with the European Commission (EC) hoping to slash roaming costs too, there may soon be no excuse there either, so prepare yourselves for a world of endless, non-stop, unfettered communication - there is no escape, resistance is futile.
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