Virgin Trains ‘free’ wifi rip-off

Virgin Train at King's Cross

Virgin Train at King’s Cross

Travelling Virgin Trains Friday night on the East Coast mainline, so called free wifi, all of 15 minutes.

If in a coffee bar I can for the price of a decent cappuccino have free wifi, then for the extortionate fare to travel on a Virgin Train, I expect unlimited free wifi, not restricted to 15 minutes.

I do not recall December travelling on a Virgin Train from Kings’s Cross, being restricted to 15 minutes when using free wifi.

SouthWestTrains Waterloo to Winchester, no time restriction on the use of free wifi.

Virgin Trains is something of a misnomer. Only 10% is owned by Richard Branson, the remainder is owned by Stagecoach. SWT is owned by Stagecoach.


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7 Responses to “Virgin Trains ‘free’ wifi rip-off”

  1. Peter Coulson Says:

    Just change your MAC address every fifteen minutes, then you are seen as a different device. There’s always a way around these things!

  2. keithpp Says:

    A pain to have to do that, change MAC address every fifteen minutes, and would still have to sign in. By the time you have done all this, down to about ten minutes.

    Virgin should stop ripping people. But then the highly successful East Coast Mainline, which was in public ownership, should never have been handed to Richard Branson.

    One trick used to be, walk to First Class, where you do not even have to sign in, it automatically connects. But that trick no longer appears to work.

  3. Peter Coulson Says:

    I think if you travel second class, the WiFi is £10, t’s included in First, anyway.

  4. Peter Coulson Says:

    …or scan for a first class MAC address and clone that…

  5. keithpp Says:

    Everywhere these days wifi is free.

    There are exceptions, where they charge, hotels living in the Dark Ages, where they expect you to pay for wifi, when you can walk out into any bar of coffee bar,and for the price of a drink, get free wifi.

  6. Peter Coulson Says:

    So, not everywhere then!

  7. Peter Coulson Says:

    I rely on 4G / cellular data, can’t rely on free WiFi, at least you know you pretty much always have coverage.

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