O2 customers will be able to access free WiFi services on the London Underground from 22 July, the company has confirmed to V3.
O2 had said in April that the free service would be live by June but, with nothing live by the end of the month, the company confirmed it is now in the final stages of testing the launch. The rollout is scheduled for later this month, a spokesperson told V3.
“O2 is testing Underground WiFi service between now and official launch on 22 July to ensure fully operational service upon launch,” they said.
An O2 spokesperson explained that when the service goes live, it will be open free of charge to all O2 customers. O2 customers who have signed up to O2 WiFi will be automatically connected to the London Underground service.
The rollout will mean O2 customers can access the network, installed by Virgin Media ahead of the London Olympics last year, at 120 stations across the tube network.
This includes some of the busiest stations on the tube network, such as Piccadilly Circus and Kings Cross St Pancras. The move will mean all mobile customers in the UK, except those on Three, can access tube WiFi for free.
Users on EE and Vodafone have been able to access services for many months, having signed deals with Virgin Media earlier this year.
The addition of WiFi to the London Underground is just one of the many technological advances taking place on the ancient transport network. The organisation's CTO spoke with V3 for the June issue of the V3 Tablet App, which is out now free of charge for subscribers to the V3 website.
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