London Taxis Could Receive Free Wi-Fi Hotspots In Early 2013

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News Posted: Mon, Dec 10 2012 12:34 PM
Cabs really haven't changed much over the years. Sure, some of them now accept credit cards, and some of them arrive when you hail via your smartphone, but by and large things are mostly the same as they always have been. But now, it feels like the future is finally catching up with the taxi business. The city of London already has a growing network of free Wi-Fi hotspots, but taking them into the cab would certainly be a new approach. Reportedly, Eyetease has secured approval to equip taxis with Wi-Fi antennas that would give riders 15 minutes of gratis Internet for sitting through a 15 second advertisement.

The antenna will hop between 3G and 4G towers as the vehicle moves about, in theory providing a rather stable connection to catch up on e-mail and perhaps send an Instagram picture from wherever they are. If all goes well, it'll get going in early 2013, and hopefully it'll spread to other cabs and cities in due time.

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OSunday replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 1:29 PM

That's an interesting concept and not a bad way to provide internet access in exchange for a little bit of advertising but won't most people just continue to use the internet they already have over 3G and 4G connections on their cell phones?

This might be appealing to people who carry around Wi-Fi enabled devices like tablets, but to general smartphone users this doesn't offer much of an advantage or service.

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Dorkstar replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 2:17 PM

Yeah, it does seem sort of strange that they'd do this, but for business travel this will be good. You can't exactly pull out your US phone in London and start checking expecting not to get hit with some serious charges.

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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 10 2012 8:08 PM

I'll have to go to London to check this out now,...........(right)

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PatriciaL replied on Sat, Mar 16 2013 2:03 AM

This sounds like a cool idea.Passengers will soon be able to fire up the Internet for entertainment on the way to their destinations. Article source: why ever check out each of our webpage?

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