Virgin Media plans Wi-Fi network for smart phone users

Virgin Media is planning its own Wi-Fi network for smart phone owners using the Web on the go.

Virgin Media is planning its own Wi-Fi network. The supplier of the UK's fastest cable broadband network is exploring the possibility of installing wireless access points across the country.

The Telegraph reports the Virgin Media Wi-Fi network would consist of routers wired into green kerbside cabinets, offering 5Mbps speed. The idea is to plug gaps in 3G coverage with Wi-Fi hotspots. The Apple iPhone and other smart phones are being singled out as placing a strain on existing 3G networks.

Virgin will probably make the service free to customers of V-flavoured broadband and mobile phoneage, with the rest of us accessing Vir-Fi on a pay-as-you-go or subscription basis, like with existing Wi-Fi services such as BT Openzone and The Cloud.

Virgin media is in the process of launching its super-duper-fast 100Mbps broadband service across the south east and Yorkshire before the end of the year. BT Infinity is set to upgrade its network to 40Mbps , but not until 2012 in most areas.

As much as we love lightning-fast Web browsing even when we're out and about, we should spare a thought for the poor trees. As if pollution isn't bad enough, Wi-Fi kills trees , according to a recent survey from the Netherlands.

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