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EE and Vodafone sign agreement giving access to Virgin Media WiFi

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.


Just don't try and go on Youtube. A month of Youtube buffering issues and still no fix from Virgin.

  • James1o1o
  • over 8 years ago

on services like this they should just Block Flash at the gateway to prevent video streaming as more then 10-20 users can bog down an wifi access point in traffic doing that

i agree they Really need to Fix the peering youtube issues even giffgaff is not working right lately on youtube

on VM i have to use an VPN to get youtube to work with out it buffering (i get 10mb out of the VPN when its on, if its off lucky if i can get the video to start if it does it only work for 5-10 secs even if its on 240p)

  • leexgx
  • over 8 years ago

On VM and buffering, if youtube works over a VPN then its not local bandwidth, but either peering to youtube or some traffic management that has gone mad

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

It's the cache VM use for YouTube. It's been admitted on the community forum several times.

It's not capacity.

  • pcoventry76
  • over 8 years ago

As usual Virgin are taking on more than they can chew.

Once BT have installed the new cabinet on my street I am off to another provider. VM has poor latency, Overseas call centres and unreliable broadband speeds as well as substandard kit.

No doubt VM will oversubscribe the network further and feed yet more BS to their customers. I am due a 2nd price increase in less than a year despite not yet receiving my so called free speed boost.

  • finaldest
  • over 8 years ago

What amuses me is that they have wasted money putting wi-fi into some open air stations, such as Edgware Road and Barbican.

  • madkingsoup
  • over 8 years ago

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