LONDON (Reuters) – If you live in London, you’ll be able to use the new London daily telegram service, the London Underground says.
The company says the service is available to the public starting this week.
London Underground says it has more than 100 million users and has more traffic than all other metro services combined.
The new service is the first to allow customers to use their own mobile phones as a way to send and receive messages.
London’s Transport for London (TfL) said the new service will be available in 20 major cities across the country, and will cost between £4.99 ($5.24) and £6.99.
TfG said that for customers outside of London, the cost of using the service will depend on their usage, location, and the type of communication they want to send or receive.
“This service allows us to provide the most up-to-date information and information to customers as they travel around London,” TfL said in a statement.
The London Daily Telegraph (LDT) says it will be the first daily telex service to offer the service, which is expected to have a 100 percent uptake.
The service will include text messages, instant messages, and voice messages, with a range of emoticons and short videos available to customers.
Users can also add a picture or voice-over for their message, and it is the only free service to be offered in London.
The announcement comes amid a debate over whether the digital age has pushed the need for free or subsidised internet services.
The City of London is set to decide next week whether to give the green light to the London-based company’s plan to charge a monthly fee for internet service.
The proposal is a challenge to existing operators and some government officials, who say it could stifle innovation and make it more expensive for businesses to compete.
Tunneling services have been available in London for years but the London Tube and the London Overground were the only two services in the capital which charged for internet access, with the Tube charging for a free account and the Overground charging for one.
The idea of charging customers a fee to use services was put forward as part of an ongoing debate about whether to allow the digital economy to take root in London and other cities.