EE and Vodafone form partnership with Virgin to provide Underground Wi-Fi

Virgin Media will be limiting access to its London Underground wireless network before 2013, before the service is made available to only its own customers and those of its new wholesale partners, Vodafone and EE.

Coming into effect next year, the new connectivity deal also covers T-Mobile and Orange customers as the two companies are EE subsidiaries.

Subscribers to non-partnered networks must opt for a premium option to gain access to Wi-Fi during their tube commute. Virgin will be offering weekly and monthly packages, as well as a daily rate of £2.

Free access to Virgin’s Wi-Fi network was always slated to be finite, as access was originally planned to be restricted at the close of the Olympic Games. The UK service provider later extended the deadline to the end of the year, allowing London commuters to access to the Wi-Fi Internet portal at ticket halls, platforms and escalators of selected stations.

There are currently 72 stations connected to the network with a further 20 tube stations scheduled to receive coverage in December and 28 more planned to go online in the new year.