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EE customers will be able to access Wi-Fi on the London Tube network from next year, the carrier has announced, as it sweetens its offering for early adopters.

The UK’s first 4G network operator announced the plan to introduce the service from next year via a decidedly low-key update on its Twitter feed.

EE’s missive stated: “Travel on the tube? From early 2013, EE customers will be able to get WiFi access on the London Underground at no extra cost. Details soon."

And that’s it. What’s not clear is whether EE has invested in Wi-Fi infrastructure on the Tube (highly, highly unlikely, we think) or whether it has inked a deal with Virgin Media to piggy back on the network it launched last year (much, much more probable).

The latter certainly tallies with reports from last month that carriers have been in negotiations with Virgin Media to offer the service as part of their packages.

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Virgin Media’s service, which was originally rolled out for the London Olympics, takes in 72 stations across the Tube network and is eventually expected to be extended to take in 120 locations.

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