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Prepare to Start Paying for Your London Underground WiFi

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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 Thatcheridiots are entertaining
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  • blackmancer
    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
    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
    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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