The day has finally arrived, much like an unwanted end to a school holiday, for the London commuters’ period of free underground Wi-Fi access to come to an end.
Virgin Media will now be instituting a paywall for tube network users that don’t subscribe to a Virgin Media broadband, TV or phone package – or one of its recently acquired mobile partners – Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile and Orange.
The packages come in three categories; a daily rate costing £2, a weekly rate priced £5 and a monthly pass priced at £15. The network’s coverage will extend to 103 stations by the end of the week, as 11 stations including Hampstead, Tooting Broadway and Great Portland Street are set to join the current 92 Wi-Fi enabled stations.
The termination of free underground access comes after several deadline pushbacks, as the promotion was initially set to end at the close of the 2012 Olympics.