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Virgin Media to expand London Underground WiFi network ahead of Three’s free ride

Virgin Media is adding seven more stations to its London Underground network just as Three customers will be allowed to use WiFi on the tube for free. 

Previously, Three was the only UK network that didn’t give its customers free access to WiFi on the tube after the London 2012 Olympic Games

While EE, O2 and Vodafone customers have been able to connect for free in between 137 stations, Three punters who wanted some online action would have to shell out £2 a day for access. 

All aboard: Customers of all the big UK networks can now get some free WiFi courtesy of Virgin Media
All aboard: Customers of all the big UK networks can now get some free WiFi courtesy of Virgin Media

From July 29 onwards, seven new Underground stations will get WiFi coverage. These are: 

  • Shepherds Bush
  • Bow Road
  • Ealing Broadway
  • Edgware Road (Bakerloo line)
  • Hammersmith (Hammersmith and City line)
  • Harrow-on-the-Hill
  • West Brompton

This will take the total number of London Underground stations with Virgin Media WiFi to 144. 

Three’s director of customer strategy Danny Dixon said: “Giving our customers access to free WiFi on the London underground is another step towards them being able to enjoy the benefits of being connected no matter where they are. 

“Our customers will also have the added benefit of being able to use our new Three InTouch app, which means they will be able to surf the web, as well as make and receive calls and texts when they are in WiFi enabled London tube stations.”

The InTouch app, announced last week, is similar to Virgin Media’s own SmartCall app which lets people leverage landline minutes on their mobiles by making calls over WiFi. 

Joe Lathan, director of broadband at Virgin Media added: “With every network operator now on board with Virgin Media WiFi on London Underground, it is great to know we are keeping people on the Tube connected at no extra cost. 

“Our unique fibre optic network has enabled us to bring connectivity to even the deepest Tube stations and we’re looking forward to getting even more parts of the capital online next week.”

As well as being able to jump on Twitter and moan about how rubbish the Northern Line is again, Virgin Media WiFi also gives you access to a TfL travel portal, letting you view real-time train information, should you need to rethink your commute

While Three customers can now hop on the network, GiffGaff, TalkTalk Mobile and Tesco Mobile customers and punters of other virtual networks won’t be able to get free access.

Virgin Media broadband customers and Virgin Mobile customers can use the tube network for free as standard.

If for whatever reason you’re not able to get free access, you’ll have to pay £2 for a 24 hour pass, £5 for a week or £15 for a month. Virgin Media is currently running an offer where you can get two months access for £15. 

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