Virgin Media with its London Underground WiFi service which has been available for free during 2012 is set to switch on the billing side of the network in 2013.
With agreements now signed by EE and Vodafone that will allow these firms customers free access to the network, then once 2013 starts the reality is that the majority of Londoners will continue to have free access to the WiFi network. 76% of consumers in London are either a Virgin Media broadband or mobile customer, or use EE (includes Orange and T-Mobile) or Vodafone.
For those people who don't have a service that will include free access a range of passes will be available, from a daily pass costing £2 a day, to weekly and monthly passes. Access to TfL travel information will remain free via the WiFi portal.
While the service only operates on platforms, trains are usually stationary long enough to refresh smartphone news apps, to give you some reading on your journey. So far 72 stations offer the service and 20 more are due to come online in December 2012, and a further 28 in early 2013. The batch of stations due by the end of the year are: Oval, Belsize Park, Holloway Road, Russell Square, Clapham Common, Balham, Chalk Farm, Camden Town, Bounds Green, Finsbury Park, Mornington Crescent, Highgate, Hampstead, Seven Sisters, Lancaster Gate, Swiss Cottage, South Kensington, Turnpike Lane, Notting Hill Gate, Wood Green.