Ugh, the London Underground. Thousands of miserable commuters crammed in together, all starting blankly into space. Wouldn't it be better if we could stare blankly at our phones instead? The problem, of course, is that there's no mobile phone reception on the Tube. There's been talk of it for years, but most people seem to agree the idea of a carriage full of people shouting 'I'm on the tube!' above the din of the tunnels sounds like an image of hell. If only there was away of giving people mobile internet without letting them talk...

...oh, hang on, there is: wi-fi. Following a successful six-month test on the Northern and Bakerloo lines, Transport for London is now inviting bids for a contract to fit wi-fi hotspots in over 100 Underground stations in time for the Olympics next year.

From the sounds of things, the hotspots will be in stations rather than on trains, so it's possible you'll be able to read your email while waiting for a train but not while on one. But still, it's a start, right?

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