Nokia switch on free WiFi in London

1 November 2011

A young lad, using the internet

As of today, there'll be free wi-fi in central London courtesy of Nokia. This will run until the end of the year, enabling the general public to use the high-speed service in certain parts of the city.

If deemed a success, Nokia plans to turn it into a fully fledged free service in 2012. Start illegally downloading things on their networks now kids!

Nokia has set up 26 hotspots around the West End. Victoria, Marylebone and Westminster will also get access points.

And no, you won't need to register or sign in to use the WiFi, so it is already vastly superior to the teeth grindingly irritating BT Openzone.

These hotspots are built around links that run at 20 megabits per second but download speeds will be limited to a maximum of 1 megabit per user.

"The trial is going to help us understand what people are using it for so we can improve it in the future," said Craig Hepburn, Nokia's director of digital and social media.

On top of this, there's still talk ongoing which aims to put WiFi in London tube stations, so you can tweet about your miserable commute and the like.

The rest of the country, of course, can go whistle.

TOPICS:   Technology   UK News   Mobile

6 comments

  • Joff
    Rest of the country? You mean there's something outside of London? Let me just check that with my Android phone...
  • Dick
    > The trial is going to help us understand what people are using it for Porn Illegal downloads Tweeting "I'm using free wifi".
  • Nokia F.
    [...] part of a trial detailed by Bitter Wallet, Nokia are offering free Wi-Fi in Central London until the end of 2011, with a view to switching it on permanently in time for the Olympic Games in [...]
  • Phil
    "And no, you won’t need to register or sign in to use the WiFi, so it is already vastly superior to the teeth grindingly irritating BT Openzone." That's a kind way to describe BT Openzone - I don't think my description of it would be allowed in public. Who else has an open Wifi system that my phone connects to and thinks it is on the internet and then stays connected until I notice I have had no emails for several hours. Its just another reason to hate BT. Also who are Nokia again?
  • callum
    I'm pretty sure all paid-for wifi operates on an open basis. How else will people be able to connect to it and log-in or sign-up?
  • Tim
    Majority are down Oxford Street. Target users, muggable tourists who like shopping in Britain's crappiest generic high street, heading towards Tottenham Court Road believing gadgets there are cheaper than anywhere else (and obviously haven't discovered The Internet), who are even more muggable now they're messing with their phones trying to get free wifi on the street. None down Regent Street & Covent Garden where the big Apple temples are I see though ;)

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