Virgin Media's WiFi will remain free for a lot of people into 2013.
Virgin Media has announced that both Vodafone and EE will be offering their subscribers free access to WiFi access in tube stations.
Back in June, Virgin Media started rolling out WiFi in London's underground Tube stations. It started with King's Cross and Warren Street. Then Oxford Circus and Green Park were added, along with Victoria and Euston stations. Virgin promised free access throughout the summer and through to the end of the Olympic Games. In mid-October, the company revealed plans to offer free WiFi through to the end of the year. After that, Virgin Media customers would be allowed free access while everyone else would have to pay for the privilege. However, it seems the network has struck a deal that will see Vodafone and EE customers join Virgin Media subscribers in enjoying free access.
"WiFi on London Underground has been an incredible success with over 700,000 people already online and a remarkable million sessions every day. We’re rolling out the service to reach even more stations throughout London, from Camden Town to Clapham Common and, thanks to our partnership with EE and Vodafone, the majority of Tube users can stay connected for no extra cost," said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media.
"We're delighted that Virgin Media customers are making the most of our superfast fibre optic network, both at home with unbeatable broadband speeds and now with our ground-breaking WiFi service."
The EE side of the deal means those on Orange and T-Mobile will be covered, too (since all three brands are owned by the same parent company). If you're not on Orange, T-Mobile, EE, Vodafone, or Virgin Mobile, you're looking at daily, weekly or monthly passes that start from £2 per day.
Virgin Media currently has WiFi rolled out to 72 tube stations with another 20 to be enabled in December and a further 28 stations in early 2013.