The trial will run for six months and see Charing Cross station’s ticket hall and Northern and Bakerloo platforms become wireless enabled. However, access on trains will be trickier (unless you’re at a station for a long while).
“Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming the simplest way for people to access the internet when out and about and with the launch of this trial at Charing Cross we are now giving commuters the chance to enjoy the UK’s biggest Wi-Fi network,” said Chris Bruce, CEO of BTOpenzone.
Wireless connectivity will be free to any BT Broadband customer with unlimited BT FON wi-fi minutes. Customers of O2 , Tesco Mobile , Vodafone , Orange and other Wi-Fi enabled devices with Wi-Fi minutes in their contracts can also use the network.
Mayor Boris Johnson is supporting the trial and has pledged to make the Underground as well as the whole of London a “wireless hotspot” by the 2012 Olympics.