London gets it’s first Wi-Fi enabled tube station

BT has announced that for a 6 month trial period, it will be providing the London Charing Cross underground tube station with free Wi-Fi internet access. It will launch on November 1st for all users with devices that have wireless enabled according to Cnet.

Free internet at the station, what a bargain! However it is too good to be true and sadly there are some major drawbacks with the new service. First of all the internet access is only available on the platform and around the station; not on the train due to the speed you are traveling at and the connection distance. The worst thing has to be that only certain pages are free and only BT customers with certain packages and minutes get to use the whole of the internet.

You can buy BT Openzone vouchers online which allow you unlimited access to the Openzone network. Alternatively if you have unlimited minutes on BTFON you will receive the service for free. This whole campaign is being driven by London Mayor Boris Johnson, who wants this public technology implemented before we host the 2012 Olympic Games.

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