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AT&T, Boingo and T-Mobile to expand wireless service to 30 Big Apple subway stations

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AT&T, Boingo and T-Mobile to expand wireless service to 30 Big Apple subway stations
With AT&T, Boingo and T-Mobile currently providing wireless service to six MTA subway stations serving Manhattan's Chelsea area, the trio has agreed to extend their service to 30 more subway stations. Transit Wireless has expanded its deal with three wireless operators to include high traffic subway stations in Times Square, Columbus Circle and Rockefeller Center. The 30 new stations are expected to be in operation by the first quarter of 2013. Originally, the infrastructure at the new stations was scheduled to be finished earlier, but the damage left by Hurricane Sandy forced the MTA to divert resources to other stations. The Chelsea locations, which went offline during the storm, were back in business once power was restored to the sites.

"T-Mobile customers riding the New York City subway want access to the same great wireless experience on their commutes that they can get everywhere else. T-Mobile is pleased to be part of this initiative, which allows all subway riders to stay connected with those important to them."-Tom Ellefson, Vice President, Engineering, Technology, T-Mobile USA

Transit Wireless is the company that has the responsibility to provide cellular service for subway riders and plans on eventually offering cell service at all subway stations and for all subway stations in the Big Apple. The company is neutral and is attempting to get as many wireless carriers as possible to join the current trio in serving the 1.6 billion that ride the subway every year. The current service in Chelsea launched in September of 2011, with service provided by AT&T and T-Mobile.

"A crisis such as Hurricane Sandy reemphasizes how vital telecommunications and mass transit are to our society and reaffirm our efforts to build much needed infrastructure throughout the New York City subway system, including Help Point Intercom units, which connect passengers to emergency and transit assistance. We are working hand-in-hand with AT&T, T-Mobile, Boingo and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to minimize any delays to our construction schedule in light of the massive recovery efforts under way in the city."-William A. Bayne Jr., CEO,Transit Wireless

source: Engadget Press Release

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posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:34 1

1. BomberXL (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


Finally, i thought about this years ago. you know.. when phones came into existence... but im really glad i can watch youtube videos withen train stations.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:34 1

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Thats Good news for New Yorkers. But what bout those of us taking the D.C. METRO?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 19:57

3. jolowi (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Well of course itll settle all across USA, then hopefully Canada. Give it time buddy

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:27

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Hey T-Mobile, what about the subways in Chicago? Clearly I'm not the only one waiting for this. :/

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 00:07

5. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Ours in NY aren't even done and you guys are getting mad that they didn't start working on your area...so should ours be half done? Patience.

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 23:57

6. dc0321 (Posts: 22; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


..in china and other countries theres cellphone service in the subway station and in the trains.also air condition in the station ..in hk 3g facetime was like 12 years ago . y are we so late.......

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