One of the more interesting news items today (to those of us living or working in Big London anyway!) is the reported deal done by Virgin Media to supply free mobile broadband services on the London Underground, with the aim that the service is in place for Olympics 2012.
"Great news!" I thought - but is it really as good as it sounds?
Apparently the service is only launching in 120 the 270 stations across the network with only 80 having the facility by the summer. Obviously there are a number of tube stations in outlying areas with above-ground platforms that already 'offer' this service!
The coverage only extends from the ticket hall to the platform. Once your train has left the station the signal will disappear. Personally I like to spend as little time as possible in the stations - it's the actual train-time that makes up 80% of my typical journey.
After the summer the service will no longer be free - it'll be charged on a 'per minute' basis unless you are already a Virgin Broadband or Mobile customer, in which case you'll be able to use it at no extra cost.
Maybe it'll be brilliant, but my first response is an ovewhelming 'meh'!
Scribbled by Ian