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Virgin Media sees growing Blackberry use on London tubes as WiFi rollout continues

But still claims less than five percent
Fri Apr 25 2014, 11:47
A passenger uses Wi-Fi on the London Underground powered by Virgin Media

VIRGIN MEDIA has switched on WiFi in six more London Underground stations, as it claims Blackberry use on its network has increased.

Virgin Media switched on WiFi at Golders Green, Southgate, West Kensington, Parsons Green, Kilburn and East Putney stations on Friday, bringing the number of connected London Underground stations to 137.

Joe Lathan, director of broadband at Virgin Media, said, "Virgin Media's WiFi on the London Underground has been a huge success with Londoners and visitors alike so we're delighted to be connecting even more people in more places.

"We're working with TfL and our wholesale partners to deliver a fantastic experience across the capital and make catching up on emails, checking for travel updates or sending a tweet easier than ever before."

That perhaps wasn't the most interesting takeaway from Virgin Media's press release however, as the operator claimed that it has seen increased Blackberry usage on its London Underground WiFi network.

Traffic from Blackberry devices has doubled over the past year, as commuters check emails and stay in touch on the way to and from work

While this sounds like a rare bit of good news for Blackberry, it likely isn't. Virgin Media also pointed out that Android and iOS users represent 65 percent and 30 percent of usage on the London Underground WiFi, respectively, leaving just five percent of usage which likely is shared between both Blackberry and Windows Phone.

We'd assume the larger share was Microsoft's too, with the Windows Phone operating system trumping the Canadian phone maker in terms of UK market share.

What's more, with 800,000 users connected to the network, this leaves just 20,000 users who do not wield an iPhone or Android device.

Unfortunately, Virgin Media was unable to tell us what percentages Blackberry and Windows Phone users hold, respectively. µ


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