Fixing Vodafone UK subway wifi

If you’re using an iPhone and have a Vodafone UK monthly subscription, there’s a special wireless network SSID (VodafoneWiFi) that bypasses the annoying Virgin Media login screen everytime you’re in the London Underground.

Unfortunately there’s some sort of Apple issue that doesn’t let it connect directly as it asks for a username and password instead of using the SIM authentication (EAP-SIM). This config profile forces the iPhone to use the SIM to connect itself to VodafoneWiFi. Enjoy. Click here from your mobile browser and hit Install

UPDATE for 2018 – still works on the tube, though a little unreliable on newest iOS as maybe 20% of the time it will refuse to connect. I suspect that’s an access point problem vs a phone problem. Either way this is as good as it gets!

4 Replies to “Fixing Vodafone UK subway wifi”

  1. You should be able to manually select the wifi network connection type as EAP-SIM or something SIM in the Android config. It’s easier this way tbh.

  2. Rob

    This is incredibly helpful! Had to wade through dozens of forum posts with user after new user asking this very same question. The whole thing is just baffling – how Vodafone customer care either don’t understand the question or are utterly useless even when they do. And how does iOS not support this out of the box… And how in the first place did Vodafone implement a sim verification method that just doesn’t work with one of the most widely used phones.

    Was a bit hesitant at first to install an unsigned profile but it works like a charm. Only tested for a few minutes today but my iPhone finally connected to the dedicated Vodafone hotspot, something it has never managed to do! So thanks again for this – you win internet good samaritan of the day! I rarely do this but decided to leave a comment so others who stumble onto your post like I did may benefit from this too.

    Cheers

  3. Thanks so much for this fix. This problem has been driving me mad for weeks and umpteen calls to Vodafone were useless. They tried to tell me that “VodafoneWiFi” either didn’t exist or was a private network. Agony. Many thanks again!

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