O2 customers will be able to get free Wi-Fi access on the London Underground from June, while another 12 stations are to come online this week including Earl's Court, Baker Street and Sloane Square.
The service from Virgin Media has been live since last summer and proved especially popular during the Olympics as it offered the chance to access travel information, news and results to tourists and locals alike with eight million connections notched up.
Since January Virgin Media has begun charging for the service but the announcement from O2 on Monday mean the majority of travellers can get free access to the network.
Only Three remains as the only major operator not to offer the service to its customers. V3 contacted Three to ask if it had plans to offer a similar service by the firm declined to comment.
“Having O2 on board is excellent news for the thousands of people that use the Tube everyday,” said Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development for London Underground.
“Most customers will now be able to access live travel information or use social media to plan their social life while on the move.”
Additionally, Virgin Media has confirmed that 12 new stations are set to come online this week, taking the total number of stations hooked up to the service to 120. The other nine stations beyond the three listed above are:
- Acton Town
- Caledonian Road
- Holland Park
- Ladbroke Grove
- Maida Vale
- Queen’s Park
- Shepherd’s Bush
- West Ruislip
"2013 is London Underground’s 150th anniversary, we were at the forefront of technology when the first Underground train ran and this shows how we are maintaining that tradition, using modern technology to improve customers’ journeys," added Powell.
Rates for access to the network range from £2 for daily access to £15 for two month's access.
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