UK smartphone users may get free Wi-Fi courtesy of Virgin Media

Virgin Media the provider of the fastest cable broadband network in the UK is considering setting up access points all over the country so that its customers can get free public Wi-Fi for their smartphones and devices.

It is likely Virgin will make the service free to customers of that currently use their broadband and calls service as reported by Cnet. For those of you who are not Virgin customers, you can still access the service by paying a small pay as you go fee or you can set up a subscription. A similar service is offered by BT Openzone and The Cloud.

The country wide Wi-Fi will be achieved by having routers wired into green kerbside cabinets, and it will give users a 5Mbps speed. Virgin media is preparing to release its extra fast 100Mbps broadband service across the south east and Yorkshire before the year is up and BT Infinity is set to upgrade its network to 40Mbps, but not until 2012 in most areas.

The sound of a Wi-Fi freebie will be welcomed by masses of Virgin customers; however it will be another monkey on the back of some environmentalists, as it was revealed by a survey in Holland that the signal given off by Wi-Fi networks may be causing harm to trees. What do you think about the offering of free Wi-Fi to customers? Let us know in the comments.