By Chris Telfer 2 years ago at 11:28
The findings of the first independent survey on the planned Wi-Fi service on London’s Underground for 2012 have been published, and surprisingly, the majority of Londoners are not in favour of it, due to concerns over privacy.
Conducted by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, a popular discount and rewards site, this is the first survey to highlight this issue, with the previous surveys conducted by both the Mayor of London’s office and Transport for London concluding that most were in favour of the plans.
According to the new survey, 55% of Londoners were not in favour of the proposed Wi-Fi plans, a number significantly higher than anything else published on the matter so far.
The main concerns, other than privacy, were increased theft, due to more smartphones, tablets and laptops being used openly on the tube, a concern that 33% of those surveyed shared. As well as a further 14% who were opposed to the plans as they believed that the Wi-Fi services would make using the Underground an even more stressful experience than it currently is.
One participant in the survey commented that "It's horrible enough as it is, without the sweaty oik jammed up against you being on the 'phone, too."