The Virgin Media London Underground Wi-Fi network has become a paid service, with the previously free underground internet access hitting a pay wall today, January 29.
However, due to wholesale agreements signed last November by Virgin Media with EE and Vodafone, customers of all three network providers plus existing Orange and T-Mobile customers will benefit from a Virgin Media London Underground Wi-Fi connection at no extra cost.
Customers of any other network provider, such as O2, will have the option of joining the new Pay-As-You-Go service, available from January 29 when the pay wall is due to begin.
London Underground Virgin Media Wi-Fi will still give free access to its Wi-Fi portal for all users, offering up-to-the-minute Transport for London (TfL) travel updates and London entertainment and news. Anyone wishing to access further services will have to purchase one of the Virgin Media Wi-Fi passes, costing £2 per day, £5 per week or £15 for a monthly pass.
Virgin Media has also confirmed that it will offer a February special of three-months for the price of one.
Launched in July, Virgin Media’s London Underground Wi-Fi was originally a free service for all users in conjunction with the Summer London 2012 Olympics. The service is delivered by the Virgin Media fibre-optic network and the free Wi-Fi connection has already been extended beyond the original pay wall due to spring up after the Olympics.
On target to reach their goal of 120 stations, Virgin Media has also announced the connection of 11 more stations to the 92 already sporting the Wi-Fi service. New stations include Gloucester Road, Tooting Bec and Kentish Town.
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