Virgin Media brings free wi-fi to the London Underground

London Underground

Virgin Media has won the contract to bring free wi-fi to the London tube network during this summer's Olympics.

The new service will launch as free, unlimited wi-fi available at London Underground stations (but not in the tunnels) from summer 2012.

Virgin will introduce wi-fi at around 80 stations by this summer, with up to 120 stations getting wi-fi by the end of this year.

However, after the trial period wi-fi at tube stations will be made available as part of Virgin Media's broadband and mobile subscription packages, so you'll have to pay for full internet access underground.

Passengers will still be able to get free up-to-date travel information on their smartphone or tablet through a free online portal.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.