Reports suggest that EE and Vodafone are both in advanced talks with Virgin Media, about offering free WiFi access to their customers on the London Underground.
The packages are set to be offered early next year, after wholesale agreements have been made to give customers of those networks access to the service.
The news is still pending official confirmation, although a Tweet from the official EE Twitter account seemed to indicate that an announcement is imminent. The Tweet has since been removed, however sources are suggesting that EE and Vodafone are set to offer Free WiFi access.
Virgin launched their WiFi coverage around main London Underground stations earlier this year, promising to offer a free service for all customers up until the end of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic games. The free service was then extended to all until the end of this year, with Virgin Media customers being able to continue to use the service into 2013. Non-Virgin Media customers would still be able to get access to the TfL website for free, to get the latest updates on the travel situation on the London networks, but access to other sites would be charged.
Virgin Media are on record as stating that they would be looking to make wholesale agreements with networks to supply access for their customers, and it seems that EE and Vodafone will be the first to market with this.
Accessing WiFi on the Tube has proven to be a hit with commuters, with over 660,000 registered users, making more than 8 million connections to the service since it launched. Currently 72 stations offer access to the WiFi service, with a target of 120 stations being brought online before the end of this year.