Virgin Starts Charging For Tube Wi-Fi Today, But Will You Pay?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Virgin's London Tube Wi-Fi network is pretty useful, I have to admit, but the free ride is now over. From today, Virgin will start charging you for access unless you happen to be on EE, Vodafone or Virgin. It's not that expensive, but will you actually pay for it now?

Virgin's asking £2 a day, £5 per week, or £15 a month for access to its underground station-only Wi-Fi network, which isn't horrendous, I guess. The biggest issue, at least for me, is that it's only available in stations, which is great if you get stuck in one because of a signal failure or something, but it's not that useful for downloading stuff. Sure, a quick trip into the station is enough to send and receive email, but it's pretty useless when you're trying to download a newspaper, or TV show on your phone or tablet.

For the next month, Virgin's pushing a promo to try and get you hooked -- if you sign up in February for a month you'll get three months service for the price of one. So, will you fork out the £15 a month for your London commute, if you have to that is, or are those momentary blips of underground internet just not worth it?

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