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36 New York City subway stations to get Verizon service later this year

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36 New York City subway stations to get Verizon service later this year
Soon, large rats and the homeless won't be the only things hanging around New York City subway stations 24 hours a day. Verizon has come to terms with Transit Wireless to bring Big Red's 3G and 4G LTE service to 76 Big Apple subway stations with 36 locations expected to be up and running later this year. Over the next few weeks, Big Red will start installing equipment in Transit Wireless' secure Base Station Hotel facilities. These 36 stations are already online.

Once the first phase is completed, Verizon and Transit Wireless will then turn their attention to adding cell service to 40 stations including 34th street Herald Square and Grand Central Station. This phase will include subway stations throughout the borough of Queens, and will be up and running in early 2014. Unlike the first 36 stations, these subway stops are not yet connected online, making it a bigger job for Transit Wireless and Verizon.

"Bringing wireless service into the New York City subway has been a big step forward for our customers, and we're pleased that even more of them will be able to take advantage of it. The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it."-Thomas F. Prendergast, MTA Chairman and CEO

source: Verizon via Engadget
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posted on 20 Aug 2013, 14:46 1

1. ilani (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Just wow! will Verizon please hurry up and get your butts into Canada Already? we're waiting...

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 16:39

2. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I think this is the same project Sprint announced last month. Finally!!!

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-brings-4g-lte-and-enhanced-3g-network-improvements-to-the-bronx-and-brooklyn.htm?question_box=nyc%20subway%20stations&id16=nyc%20subway%20stations

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 16:58 1

3. rallyguy (Posts: 541; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Yeah I thought Sprint already had service there. How about they split the subway and let everyone roam on the other. That should help keep the costs down.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 17:32

4. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I'm amazed they haven't put signal on all stations and all carriers.. In my 3rd world country (Argentina), we have 2g signal on all carriers on all stations (and between stations too!), and in some carriers we have HSPA+

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 18:28

5. Omarc07 (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


not only inn argentina in mexico city DF ALL metro stations have 3g hspa signal with telcel , only telcel works underground movistar,iusacell dont work underground only telcel works underground.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 20:22

7. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Well, in Argentina all the 3 (or 4 if you're counting Nextel) work underground (Personal, Movistar, Claro).

Claro has HSPA+ in all stations, Personal has old 3g on some stations, Movistar has nothing (as usual.)

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 20:13

6. TruPatriot (Posts: 89; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Does the other 95% of the country even care?

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 21:06

8. Shatter (Posts: 2016; Member since: 29 May 2013)


No, take the amount of people on verizon that use the subway often and less than 1% could care less.

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