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October 29, 2010

BT going underground with wi-fi at Charing Cross

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by Darren Allan

BT is to test out its wi-fi service on the London underground, with a trial at Charing Cross station which starts on Monday.

The trial will be run by BT Openzone for six months, through to the end of April, and will operate in the ticket hall, along with the Northern and Bakerloo line platforms at the Charing Cross underground station.

BT wants to test how the service works, and how many customers take it up. It will be free for BT broadband customers with unlimited BT Fon wi-fi minutes, and for BT Openzone customers. Those with other network operators can also hook up with Openzone as part of their contract.

The service will also offer free Transport for London service updates for everyone with a wi-fi enabled device, which will be handy.

Richard Parry, Strategy and Commercial Director for the London Underground, said: “Around 68,000 passenger journeys are made a day at Charing Cross Tube station. We hope that our customers will find it useful to have access to the internet while they are using the Tube station during this six month trial.”

“Live service updates will allow passengers to check the status of the Tube and other transport services while they are on the move at the station.”

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