All 279 New York City subway stations now have Wi-Fi connectivity

All 279 New York City subway stations now have Wi-Fi connectivity
As 2017 begins, we can tell you that all 279 underground subway stations in New York City now have Wi-Fi connectivity. It has taken approximately five years to complete the roll out of the service. As far as cellular coverage is concerned, that is expected to take place this year. Considering that the subway hosts a large number of commuters every morning and evening during the weekdays, this could very important to those used to not having service during the morning and evening rush hour.

Smartphone owners will see the option to connect to "Transit Wireless Wi-Fi" when they open up the Wi-Fi page on their device. Since New York City is the business capital of the world, maintaining connectivity is very important to those who work in the Big Apple. To that end, the City has also converted some of its old school pay phones into free Wi-Fi kiosks running at 1Gbps.

2017 promises to be the year that New York City subway riders can complete a mobile stock trade, or shop online while waiting for their subway car to arrive at the station. Service is provided in sessions of one hour each. Once the hour expires, users can sign on again for another hour of free Wi-Fi.

If you live in New York City or are visiting Gotham right now, next time you are on a subway platform you should turn enable the Wi-Fi on your smartphone and enjoy connecting to a signal that is reaching you while you stand underneath the City's sidewalks.


source: NY1 via Engadget

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18 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

And now even smelly homeless bums can use their smartphones or tablets anywhere in NYC!

5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Already seen it at the above ground hotspots that are replacing phonebooths. I wonder how much money is being sunk into upkeep on those things as they look pretty damn clean despite the dregs of society coming by to use it.

9. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

Looks like its gona be a new opportunity to hack n steal ppls info when they connect to "TRANSITWIRELESWIFI" or "TRANSITWIRELESSWI-FI" or "NYCSUBWAYWIFI" instead my money is on TRANSITWIRELESWIFI lmao, Tards... Vote in the Comments below!!!

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Wow, welcome to 2017 America.

3. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Unlike your comment a lot of planning actually had to go into implementing and administrating this system (surprisingly) considering that our subways are rather long in length which in turn means our stations are just as lengthy not to mention the depths some subway tunnels are at and dealing with water damage which is a constant threat as water needs to be dredged out constantly due to how the land was configured. Then there's the money heing allocated for station repairs since the system is over 100 years old. These wifi modules (they're not shaped like the normal hotspots) should be out of the way when maintenance is done (should being the operative word here). The system runs 24/7 and shuttles a f**k ton of people daily which makes getting work done a bit difficult abd reserved for when service is at a minimum such as weekends. The MTA is inefficient and I have several beefs with them but there are times when people have tonunderstand logistics.

10. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

see comment #9

4. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Intake it the writer is not from NYC. Plenty of stations have had 3G/ 4G service below ground and for the kost part above ground. There were wifi hotspots in thebstations as well but run by other providers such as AT&T, TIME WARNER, optimum and HTC (partnered with a company). They had deals in place with the MTA which also meant negotiating for when the city would roll out their system. So yeah, service was available for quite some time in many places, the Lexington Avenue line being a major one. The LIRR (Long Island Railroad) has actually been ahead of the curve in that service is available practically everywhere along the route within city limits. Now we're seeing phone booths being converted into hotspots with internet kiosks as well outfitted with USB charging ports.

6. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Hey! Chicago is Gotham. Not NYC.

12. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

new jersey i think

18. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Even though the Gotham name has been used for NYC for quite some time before the Nolan Batman trilogy. It dates back to the 1800s i believe.

19. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

what about in this years suicide squad movie?

8. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

wow this is awesome!

11. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

We need this in LA .we had 3G/4G for a while now underground . But wifi would be nice..

13. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

but i dont take the subway.... wouldnt wana be anywhere near DTLA when the big 1 hits lols

14. bustafone

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

As a New yorker I can tell this is not true. Every day I lose connectivity once I go into the 168 st and 181 st stations on the #1 train in Manhattan.

15. bustafone

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

As a New yorker I can tell this is not true. Every day I lose connectivity once I go into the 168 st and 181 st stations on the #1 train in Manhattan.

16. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

wireless in one of the dirtiest trains system in the country ? new York subway stations are dirt and hot. few years ago, when you get wet from rain outside, go into subway station, you get dry yourself quicker than electric dryer in McDonald restroom.

17. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Civilians can breathe a lil easier now that thugs got free access to their porn content. Great move NYC.

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