Roaming underground

Summary:So London Underground has got around to letting people use mobile phones on the Tube--though of course, it's just a test for now.But do you really want to be always within reach, wherever you go?

So London Underground has got around to letting people use mobile phones on the Tube--though of course, it's just a test for now.

But do you really want to be always within reach, wherever you go? When I'm not able to get a connection, the peace and quiet is actually productive--it gives me space to think.

The Underground's own passenger survey found that only a slight majority--56 percent--liked the idea of making calls in the tunnels. That's not many.

As a Tube exec pointed out, the bowels of the Underground are one of the few places in London where you can't use a mobile phone. Maybe people like it that way.

So is all this effort and money going on something that really, people (and businesses?) can do fine well without? Or is it always worth pushing the boundaries, if you can?

Topics: Tech Industry

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Karen Friar is news editor for ZDNet in the UK, based in London. She has been in journalism since the last century, starting out in film journalism in San Francisco, before making the switch to tech coverage at ZDNet.com. Next came a move to CNET News.com, where she looked after west coast coverage of business technology, specialising in... Full Bio

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