It has been possible to use Vodafone wireleless on the London underground for some time and according to Vodafone’s info page your phone should connect automatically.  Mine didn’t and neither do many peoples on Vodafone’s support forum.

I hadn’t had the need to use WiFi on the underground as I only traveled very sporadically for work into London, but now I’m doing it daily I thought it would be useful. Well it would have been had it just connected automatically – it didn’t.  Vodafone’s suggestion for if it doesn’t automatically connect is to use the “Virgin Media” WiFi, which although it works it takes you to a captive portal page and requires you to sign in with your Vodafone user name and password.  That’s a bit rubbish as when passing on the tube you ate only stationary for about 20 seconds.
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ADB Parrot Asteroid via Mobile (Bluetooth) and Computer/Laptop (Wifi)


On phone (I used rooted HTC Desire, CM7), install:

SSHDroid – free from market

Port Forwarder by Bernard Herbst – free from market

Open Garden WiFi Tether – free from market

Connect phone via Bluetooth to Parrot

On Phone start Open Garden Wireless Tether.  Go to Settings, check Bluetooth is enabled

On Parrot go to Settings –> Network –> Bluetooth –> Connect –> Select Phone

Parrot should now connect to Bluetooth PAN.  Check IP of the Parrot in Open Garden WiFi Tether.

Ensure WIFI is enabled and phone and computer are joined to the same WLAN.

Start SSHDroid on phone, connect via SSH from computer to phone.  On rooted phone username is root and password is admin.  Confirm successful ping to (default IP given to the Parrot from Open Garden WiFi Tether). More »