UK MOBILE OPERATORS EE and Vodafone will offer their customers free WiFi on the London Underground from early 2013, it has been confirmed.
This news doesn't come as much of a surprise, as a Twitter slip-up by EE revealed the partnership ahead of schedule this morning.
However, we now have some more details on the partnership. Customers on EE, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone will be able to access Virgin's free underground WiFi network from early 2013.
What's more, Virgin Media has revealed that it will also be launching a pay as you go service for those not on the aforementioned networks. These will be available in daily, weekly and monthly options, with prices starting from £2 a day. Virgin Media added that it's also looking to bring free internet access to a further 20 London Tube stations in December, followed by another 28 early next year.
Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media said, "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."
Pippa Dunn, chief marketing officer at EE added, "It's great that Orange, T-Mobile and EE mobile customers will soon get access to Underground WiFi included in their plan, at no extra cost.
"With the largest 3G network and with 4G and Fibre on EE, we already offer customers superfast internet in the home, office and on the move. With Underground WiFi now they can stay connected on the London Underground as well."
Srini Gopalan, consumer director at Vodafone UK chipped in too, saying, "We want to put the internet into people's hands wherever they are and that certainly includes major transport links.
"Now this deal will take us on a journey to the heart of the London Underground, ensuring our customers can stay connected even when they are beneath the streets of the capital." µ