Following the announced that Chinese tech firm Huawei intends to front the £50 million bill to bring mobile phone coverage to the London Underground system, more than three quarters are Brits have expressed their distaste for the proposed plans.
With the entire London Underground system tipped to get mobile phone coverage ahead of the 2012 Olympics, something commuters have long been crying out for, a reported 76 per cent of the British public have stated they are unhappy about the introduction of such a system when asked: “Are you in favour of the underground mobile phone network?”
The study, carried out by GoodMobilePhones.co.uk found that of the 1,094 Londoners aged over 18 who were polled; just 24 per cent said they thought underground phone coverage was a good idea.
Somewhat surprisingly given the amount of handsets that can be spotted on the tube touting Angry Birds or other such commute-easing apps, the main reason the British naysayers gave for not wanting underground coverage was due to the increased risk of thieves targeting on display devices. Whilst 31 per cent of those against the system rollout feared muggers, 16 per cent were worried about underground coverage increasing their monthly bill and a further 14 per cent gave increased aggravation at having to listen to others’ conversations as their main reason against the plans.
Speaking on the findings, GoodMobilePhones.co.uk founder Mark Owen said: “The news of the underground mobile network certainly has caused quite a stir, but I am surprised to see so many people are against it. Not only would it mean you could make calls on the tube, but it could be a great success in the case of any emergency.”
He added: “There are obviously risks with having increased usage of mobile phones on the tube, but these are things that can be sorted. Having an underground mobile phone network is the next logical step, following in the footsteps of Paris and Hong Kong, who have had no major problems.”