Permanently Free Wi-Fi Hits London's Streets Just In Time For the Olympics

By Sam Gibbs on at

We're seeing a really good trend here; free Wi-Fi on our city streets. Considering 4G is miles off, Wi-Fi will have to do. O2's rolling out more free Wi-Fi, this time in the West End of London. But unlike Virgin's tube Wi-Fi, this'll actually stay free after the Olympics too.

Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square will be the first to get the sweet waves of free internet, with Covent Garden and other areas around West Minister coming online soon.

O2's hoping to use targeted advertising from local businesses to cover the roll out costs. Users will just need to register once for free, before being able to hook on as and when. It's great to see more free Wi-Fi hitting our streets, especially clocking in at around 24Mbps -- that's pretty damn fast for zero-pounds a month. Let's hope more and more free Wi-Fi crops up to blanket our cities, at least that'll help dampen the disappointment over the severely delayed 4G roll out. [BBC]

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