11/21/2012 10:49:59 AM
EE and Vodafone in talks about free Wi-Fi on London Underground
EE and Vodafone are understood to be in talks with Virgin Media about offering free Wi-Fi to its customers on the London Underground from next year.
Virgin Media launched the Wi-Fi service earlier this year, which is free to customers until 2013 in 72 stations. The company had previously spoken of its intention to wholesale the service out to other operators. This morning EE tweeted its customers would be able to access the service from early 2013 although the tweet was later deleted.
Reliable sources have told Mobile that while no deal has been signed yet, both EE and Vodafone are in discussions with Virgin Media about providing the service to their own customers for free.
EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media declined to comment. According to the latest statistics from Virgin Media, more than 661,000 have signed up to the service since it launched in June. From 2013, the service will be available for free for Virgin Media's broadband and mobile customers.
Editor: Graeme Neill