According to Pocket-Lint, EE tweeted out a message earlier today that read, “Travel on the tube? From early 2013, EE customers will be able to get WiFi access on the London Underground at no extra cost. Details soon.”
Strangely enough this Tweet has since been deleted, which does make us think how true these plans actually are or whether EE had just tweeted it out a bit too early.
As they would be borrowing Virgin Media’s currently Underground WiFi network, it could be a sign of the two companies working together, with the firm stating it will provide their customers with free WiFi, against Virgin Media’s previous statement that WiFi will have to be paid for from early 2013.
We don’t know too much on this so far however as neither company has confirmed or denied it, but as soon as we hear something we will let you know.
[Update] Pocket-Lint has just received information from sources that the service will also be free to Vodafone customers too, this much the same to the EE deal has not been confirmed with Virgin Media only stating that they will not comment any further today, so it seems that EE jumped the gun a little too early with their Tweet.
[Update 2] Virgin Media have confirmed the deal with the release of the following statement:
“Wi-Fi on London Underground has been an incredible success with over 700,000 people already online and a remarkable million sessions every day,” said Jon James, executive director of broadband at Virgin Media.
“We’re rolling out the service to reach even more stations throughout London, from Camden Town to Clapham Common, and thanks to our partnership with EE and Vodafone, the majority of Tube users can stay connected for no extra cost.”