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By: MarkJ - 29 October, 2010 (6:31 AM)
bt openzone uk wifiBT Openzone, a popular UK Wi-Fi Hotspot provider, has partnered with the London Underground to conduct a six month trial of wireless broadband internet access services at Charing Cross Tube Station from 1st November 2010.

Customers taking part in the trial will be able to log on to the internet from their laptops or mobile phones. The trial itself seeks to test how the service works and look at customer take up. It will also include live Transport for London service updates, which will be available to everybody, including non BT customers.

Richard Parry, Strategy and Commercial Director for 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."

Chris Bruce, CEO of BTOpenzone, said:

"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."

It's understood that the trial, which is being entirely funded by BT itself, will initially be installed in the ticket hall area and Northern and Bakerloo line platforms at Charing Cross Tube station. These will add to the 1.6 Million BT wireless broadband hotspots already working in the UK.

The service continues to be free for 5 million BT broadband customers with unlimited BT FON Wi-Fi minutes and for BT Openzone customers. 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.
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