London Underground to trial Wi-Fi

The London Underground has plans underway to test out Wi-Fi access on some stations beneath London. BT will run the testing on their BT Openworld Wi-Fi service that caters for many customers across the United Kingdom. The first test of the service will take place on the Northern and Bakerloo lines at Charing Cross. The service will begin on Monday November 1st and run for 6 months before a decision will be made to extend the service to other lines. It is noted that the Wi-Fi service will not include trains, but just the station platforms.

As is the norm with BT Openzone, you can connect up to it via either a BT Openzone voucher or though free access available with some mobile phone contracts such as for the iPhone and devices from O2, Vodafone and others. Commuters will also be able to access the live Transport for London (TfL) service updates through the connection. The Transport for London service keeps commuters up to date about what lines are having problems on the underground.

In the press release that came out earlier today, Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Transport Adviser, said "An ever growing commuter populous has been clamoring to be able to check their emails and browse the net whilst on the go. This trial at Charing Cross will allow them to do just that whilst on the Tube platform" 

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