Free WiFi Service For Black Cabs In London Gets Approval For Hotspot
Today the technology is based on wireless networking and online business and in part of that now, cab passengers of London will be getting a free access to Wi-Fi for upto 15-minutes, soon there will be no hiding in the London town. Well, for those looking for the next holiday destination in European countries like London in the United Kingdom you go, you’ll be greeted with a free WiFi hotspot access on the Black Caps. Check out the details after the jump!
Mayor Boris Johnson has promised in the past to make this vibrant city into one giant Wi-Fi hotspot, with an approved plan to transform every single black cab into a portable hotspot. Thus a company known by itself as Eyetease has switched on the nod of the approval from Transport for London in order to integrate their range of black cabs with WiFi antennas. Those WiFi antennas will deliver up to fifteen minutes of free high-speed wireless data to the passengers of those black cabs. Althouch the price will be applicable , as a 15-second commercial. This should make cap rides more exciting.
Similar to London Underground commuters who are able to access WiFi from some stations, cab passengers will have 15 minutes of free internet access after watching a fifteen second advert. Last Thursday after a start-up company spent two years on their bid for this noval idea, finally, the CabWiFi network received approval bt Transport for London.
The cab’s on-board WiFi router will dynamically switch between 3G and 4G networks so that a constant connection can be maintained. With free access to the internet and their own login, cab drivers will be able to offset the often high cost of data charges incurred using taxi apps, which some drivers claim have doubled their phone bills in recent months.
- The CabWiFi network received approval by Transport for London
- The service allows passengers access to 15 minutes free WiFi after watching a 15 second advert
- Cab drivers will have their own login
In order to make sure that cab drivers get hooked for an early 2013 launch, the CabWiFi service will offer a special driver accounts that delivers unlimited and commercial free service as well. Eyetease CEO Richard Corbett said: ‘With dwell times averaging 15 minutes in the back of a taxi, what better way to pass the time than to use your laptop, tablet, book reader or phone with guilt free internet access.
“Tourists and business travellers can now access their emails, talk on Skype or surf the web without the fear of being hit with high data roaming charges when they return home.’
The system, manufactured in Latvia, works by turning 3G and 4G mobile connectivity into a WiFi hotspot for passengers and takes just two minutes to install. To access the service, an ‘ads for access’ model has been equipped, in a similar fashion which can be seen on popular sites like Spotify and YouTube.
According to The Wall Street Journal Mr Corbett said: ‘We already have 500 cabs signed up with no marketing.’
On the Underground, there are 92 tube stations so far that have WiFi after the service was put in place in time for the Olympics this year. The Virgin Media WiFi network is free until the end of January 2013 when full internet access will only be available free to Virgin customers. Other commuters will have to purchase WiFi passes.
Passengers are able to access emails and websites and stream videos while they are stand on platforms or escalators. London’s iconic black cabs are officially set to be the next WiFi hotspots as a free internet service will be rolling out early next year.