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Prepare to Start Paying for Your London Underground WiFi

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Free WiFi disappears on Tuesday.

Back in October, Virgin announced that it would continue to provide free WiFi through to the end of the year. Virgin said WiFi on London Underground would remain free for everyone throughout 2012 and, in 2013, Virgin customers would retain free access to the service. In the months that followed, Virgin signed deals with EE and Vodafone that would see their customers retain free access, too.

Unfortunately, for those not on Vodafone or EE, the free WiFi train is terminating next week. Come Tuesday, you'll be expected to pay for the privilege of accessing the internet from London Underground stations around the city. How much? You're looking at daily, weekly or monthly passes that start from £2 per day. You'll pay £5 for a week or £15 for a monthly pass.

Because EE includes those on EE, Orange, and T-Mobile, a lot of people will keep their access. Those on other networks will have to pay. Of course, even mobile users on EE, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone may end up paying if it turns out they've forgotten to register. Virgin Mobile began contacting users in December to inform them that they'd need to register to keep their free internet. Orange, T-Mobile and EE customers have a dedicated page for registering themselves.

Virgin Media started rolling out WiFi in London's underground Tube stations in June. It started with King's Cross and Warren Street. Then Oxford Circus and Green Park were added, along with Victoria and Euston stations. The current number of stations equipped with Virgin Media WiFi now stands at 92, and Virgin Media plans to keep expanding as time goes on.

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    abbadon_34 , January 26, 2013 6:37 AM
    Is anyone really surprised? Just like a drug dealer, gets you hooked and jacked up the price, or a corporate monopoly that drives out the competition with low rates then jacks the price, or government that promises to take care you and takes your liberty.
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    abbadon_34 , January 26, 2013 6:37 AM
    Is anyone really surprised? Just like a drug dealer, gets you hooked and jacked up the price, or a corporate monopoly that drives out the competition with low rates then jacks the price, or government that promises to take care you and takes your liberty.
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    thecolorblue , January 26, 2013 6:37 AM
    Londoners should push to have a Taxpayer-Funded underground free wi-fi

    I'd bet if it was put to a vote the people would overwhelmingly support it... or just let one company have a monopoly.
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    infernocy , January 26, 2013 8:31 AM
    thecolorblueLondoners should push to have a Taxpayer-Funded underground free wi-fiI'd bet if it was put to a vote the people would overwhelmingly support it... or just let one company have a monopoly.


    london is the whole economy of uk ... it will grow and grow until we pay for the air ... prices are going up and only up ....
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    billybobser , January 26, 2013 9:45 AM
    Not like the Uk to charge you for something other countries give away, same with the airport wifi in the UK. Total joke.

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    infernocy , January 26, 2013 10:07 AM
    billybobserNot like the Uk to charge you for something other countries give away, same with the airport wifi in the UK. Total joke.

    man 10 minites facebook for one pound
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    susyque747 , January 26, 2013 11:32 AM
    thecolorblueLondoners should push to have a Taxpayer-Funded underground free wi-fiI'd bet if it was put to a vote the people would overwhelmingly support it... or just let one company have a monopoly.

    I take it you also voted for Obama and expect everything be given to you by someone else, leech.
    "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill
    "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.” – Margret Thatcher
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    thecolorblue , January 26, 2013 1:04 PM
    susyque747I take it you also voted for Obama and expect everything be given to you by someone else, leech."Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.” – Margret Thatcher

    idiots are entertaining
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    blackmancer , January 26, 2013 3:06 PM
    susyque747I take it you also voted for Obama and expect everything be given to you by someone else, leech."Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money.” – Margret Thatcher


    When AIG went bust and met with the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke "created" 180 Million US Dollars out of thin air and lent it to them. But that's Capitalism for you...
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    larkspur , January 26, 2013 6:24 PM
    blackmancerWhen AIG went bust and met with the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke "created" 180 Million US Dollars out of thin air and lent it to them. But that's Capitalism for you...

    That's not capitalism at all. That's Keynesian economics as applied to central banking. They've created a lot more than $180 million too! Read a little and you'll learn the difference.
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    memadmax , January 26, 2013 7:22 PM
    blackmancerWhen AIG went bust and met with the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke "created" 180 Million US Dollars out of thin air and lent it to them. But that's Capitalism for you...


    Thats not capitalism, thats government takeover... or socialism/progressivism/communism... whichever term you prefer...
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    thecolorblue , January 26, 2013 9:38 PM
    memadmaxThats not capitalism, thats government takeover... or socialism/progressivism/communism... whichever term you prefer...

    THAT IS CAPITALISM
    that is an inherent (unpredicted) EMERGENT PROPERTY OF CAPITALISM
    you are witnissing it in every major western and european capitalist nation

    to say that 'it is not capitalism' while it is happening in most every capitalist nation is unbelievably shamefully pathetically un-*******-believably ignorant.

    take your head out of the sand and use that thing that between the ears
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    blackmancer , January 26, 2013 9:40 PM
    Quote:
    Thats not capitalism, thats government takeover... or socialism/progressivism/communism... whichever term you prefer...


    You can say whatever you like, but Capitalism would have meant the Banks would have run out of other peoples money anyway, the exact quote Thatcher said.

    And didn't America fight to keep the Commies out? So why haven't they picked up the precious guns that they love so much and actually had the BALLS to use them on their own government? ala Civil War?
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    blackmancer , January 26, 2013 9:43 PM
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    That's not capitalism at all. That's Keynesian economics as applied to central banking. They've created a lot more than $180 million too! Read a little and you'll learn the difference.


    Keynesian economics is a fraud.
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    thecolorblue , January 26, 2013 9:46 PM
    larkspurThat's not capitalism at all. That's Keynesian economics as applied to central banking. They've created a lot more than $180 million too! Read a little and you'll learn the difference.

    rmy above post to memad...etc applies to your ignorance as well. take your own advice and read a little... i suggest that you try reading from a non-corporate media source however... if that isn't your cup of tea then continue ignorantly forward with your embarassingly naive corporate programming... they paid for it, and you're spouting it out proudly... for shame
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    susyque747 , January 27, 2013 12:45 PM
    blackmancerWhen AIG went bust and met with the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke "created" 180 Million US Dollars out of thin air and lent it to them. But that's Capitalism for you...

    No thats the Obama regime for you.
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    jabliese , January 28, 2013 12:33 PM
    thecolorbluermy above post to memad...etc applies to your ignorance as well. take your own advice and read a little... i suggest that you try reading from a non-corporate media source however... if that isn't your cup of tea then continue ignorantly forward with your embarassingly naive corporate programming... they paid for it, and you're spouting it out proudly... for shame

    larkspur is correct, that is Keynesian economics, the basic tenet of which is in bad times the government should step up spending. For a true capitalist response, check out Iceland's reactions to it's banking crisis, which has worked much better than the socialist response of most of the capitalist countries.