Reading this post while waiting for the Tube on London’s Underground, connected to Virgin Media’s Wi-Fi network? Enjoy it while you can; from Tuesday, the free-for-all service goes premium.
Virgin Media will end the free service next week for all but those who are either Virgin Media broadband or mobile subscribers, EE (T-Mobile and Orange), or Vodafone customers. If you’re currently subscribed to one of those services or tied to one of those networks, you should have received an email describing how you can continue to access free Wi-Fi on the Underground.
If you use a different broadband provider, or are on a mobile network not listed above, you’re going to have to pay. You can nab a day pass for £2, a week pass for a fiver or go the whole hog and sign up for a £15 monthly pass. A one-time log-in, tied to the device of your choice will let you continue to access the service after signing up.
Launched in time for the 2012 London Olympics, Virgin Media have kitted out 92 London Underground stations with a Wi-Fi connection, with plans to expand that number to 120 of the 270 stations that make up the Underground system by the end of 2013.