BROADBAND PROVIDER Virgin Media will start charging for London Underground WiFi next week, the firm announced on Friday.
Virgin Media announced the news in a tweet, which said, "All change! Next Tuesday our WiFi on the Underground service is changing. To make things easy - we've sent you an email."
We contacted Virgin Media for further details, and it told us that the service will be paid-for from Tuesday 29 January.
The good news is that not all Londoners will have to pay to access the service, as Virgin Media is extending the free WiFi scheme for EE, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and its own customers.
EE is suitably pleased by this news, which was first announced back in November, telling The INQUIRER, "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."
Customers of O2 and Three will have to pay to access the WiFi though, but it's not too pricey. Virgin Media has said it will charge £2 for one day of WiFi access, £5 for a week or £15 for a monthly Virgin Media WiFi Pass.
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."
There are at present 92 London Underground stations with WiFi access installed, a number that will be extended to 120 before the year is out. µ