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Charing Cross to get Wi-Fi in London Underground trial

BT Openzone hotspots will be available in ticket hall and platforms

London Underground is planning to give commuters a Wi-Fi connection in the ticket hall and platforms at Charing Cross underground station as part of a new trial.

The move will start on Monday November 1 and run for six months. London Underground said it hoped to discover how many customers take-up the service.

As well as the ticket halls, the Wi-Fi connection, which will be provided by BT Openzone, will also be available on the Northern and Bakerloo line platforms at Charing Cross.

Commuters will be able to access the connection by purchasing a BT Openzone voucher, or by using the minutes that come bundled with some Broadband and Mobile Phone tariffs. They'll also be able to access live Transport for London (TfL) service updates through the connection.

"An ever growing commuter populous has been clamouring to be able to check their emails and browse the net whilst on the go. This trial at Charing Cross will allow them to do just that whilst on the Tube platform," said Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's transport adviser.

"This is an important step towards seeing how this could be achieved and is part of the Mayor's ambition to examine ways in which we can use technology to adapt the city's transport system to meet the needs of those using it."

Last month, it was revealed Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was in talks with the UK's five largest mobile networks: O2, T-Mobile, Orange, 3 and Vodafone regarding installing the necessary equipment to ensure mobile signal is extended to the city's underground network in time for the Olympics in 2012.

See also: London Underground to get mobile phone signal by 2012?


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