O2 Becomes Latest To Offer Free Wi-Fi On The London Underground


O2, one of the U.K.’s largest cellular operators, has announced the launch of its free London Underground Wi-Fi connectivity for its mobile subscribers. Like both EE and Vodafone, O2 has entered into a partnership with Virgin Media – which has Wi-Fi hotspots at more than 120 tube stations across central London – to provide the new service to its customers.

O2 customers will have to register their devices with O2 Wi-Fi before they can connect to one of Virgin Media’s many hotspots; they will then need to select O2 from the list of available providers, after which, they will be asked to enter their phone number in the form that automatically appears.

O2 subscribers on a contract will receive the service completely free of charge, while pay-as-you-go customers will need to purchase a pass costing £2 a day, £5 a week, or £15 a month.

Unlike some transport systems in other major cities, the London Underground, also referred to as the Tube, is deficient of any cellular data reception, therefore making Wi-Fi essential for its millions of daily users who want to get connected while they travel.

Now that O2 has partnered with Virgin Media, Three is the only major carrier not offering this service, and as a result, potentially putting the U.K.’s smallest network at a disadvantage.