Most people in London don't want WiFi on the Underground

30 March 2011

london underground tube

There's been a lot of news and chat about the Underground in That London getting hooked up to a WiFi connection, which is obviously a good idea, right?

The worst thing about travelling by tube is the communication vacuum, leaving passengers unable to tell their boss that they could be late, or indeed, tweet "Having heart attack PLS tell wife I LUV U".

However, surprisingly, the majority of Londoners polled don't want WiFi on the Underground.

55 per cent of those surveyed weren't in favour of getting WiFi on the tube, which is all set to go ahead in time for the 2012 Olympics. It appears that the main concerns focus on privacy and theft. The respondents didn't like the idea of using a WiFi which could see their personal data floating around in an unsecured networks.

The biggest worry was that increased use of smartphones, laptops and the like, would only result in a rise in the frequency of theft Jesus, these Londoners are a paranoid bunch aren't they?

A smaller percentage of people think that this WiFi programme would make transport magically more stressful in some way. However, it seems that the TFL don't care and are dismissing these concerns because it could be a money spinner for them.

TOPICS:   Technology   UK News   Scams   Travel

3 comments

  • Idris
    Sometimes its just nice to sit in peace. Just imagine it... IM ON THE TRAIN! WHATS FOR DINNER? OR EVEN WORSE CHARLEENE SAID THAT RICKY SAID THAT JUSTINA SAID THAT CHARLOTTE SAID THAT YOU SAID IM A SLAG.... YOU WASNT SAYING THAT WHEN WE WAS TOGETHER. OH PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
  • Dee D.
    > It appears that the main concerns focus on privacy and theft. The respondents didn’t like the idea of using a WiFi which could see their personal data floating around in an unsecured networks. Will people be forced to use it?
  • Mrrobin
    Ridiculous. Do these same people worried about privacy avoid cafes, pubs, airports, train stations and shopping centres because they have unsecured wifi? Don't like, don't use... Quite simple Some people just misunderstand the plans and think it will result in a cellular voice network hence the responses like Idris, above.

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