Free WiFi on London Overground
Hello commuters in London (or, if you prefer, the Most Miserable People On Earth)! Want something that will provide brief cheer, only to turn into inevitable complaint? Good. You're going to get an hour's worth of free wireless internet per day thanks to a deal between London Overground and The Cloud.
It'll rollout across 56 stations and kicks off in summer with the project being completed before the end of the year. You'll be asked to carry out a one-time registration process first.
There's no news on how fast the network will be, but The Cloud is confident that users will be able to "stream media within the vicinity of the station". It'll probably crash and burn when the Olympic influx arrives.
Steve Murphy, managing director of LOROL (that's London Overground to you) says: “Access to the internet is no longer limited solely to home or to the workplace, and people’s expectation is to be able to work and communicate effectively and seamlessly while they’re on the move. We’re delighted to support this initiative which will bring reliable, free Wi-Fi to London Overground’s customers.”
The stations expected to have the Wi-Fi network in place by the end of 2012 include Willesden Junction and West Hampstead - North London, New Cross Gate, Forest Hill, West Croydon and Norwood Junction - South London, Surrey Quays, Dalston, Wapping and Hackney Central - East London and Kensington Olympia and Shepherd’s Bush - West London. The rest of the country, you can go back to muttering and swearing about London.