Some NYC subway platforms to support AT&T and T-Mobile service starting Tuesday

Some NYC subway platforms to support AT&T and T-Mobile service starting Tuesday
It's hard to imagine being able to actually get cellphone reception anywhere near the New York City subway.  Starting this Tuesday, a limited number of New Yorkers using T-Mobile and AT&T will be able to get reception on their handset on four subway station platforms in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. According to the New York Times, this pilot program will be available, more specifically, "at the C-E platforms at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and three other stations along West 14th Street: the A, C, E and L platforms at Eighth Avenue; the F, M and L platforms at Avenue of the Americas; and the Seventh Avenue station that serves the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lines."

Eventually, the goal is to expand service onto the trains and throughout the entire Big Apple subway system. And of course, those CDMA carriers are going to want to take a whack at offering subway riders cellular service as well. The speed that the subway service expands depends on how well this pilot program does.

Having a working cell phone at your side while you're standing on a nearly deserted subway platform late at night might give you a little extra boost of confidence.  Now if only the carriers could come up with a way to have their signals penetrate some of those thick Big Apple skyscrapers.

source: NYTimes via TmoNews



1. jlbrazil

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Brazilian ( São Paulo ) subway have Edge and HSPA through out all the lines for 4 years+

2. jlbrazil

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

And that works even in the tunnels .. and theres also TV signal for small devices.

3. JC unregistered

NYC has one of the busiest transit systems in the world. It operates 24/7/365 and the pressure is on to keep things flowing as smoothly as possible during the work day rush. This makes maintenance and upgrades hard to do. NYC's transit system is also one of the oldest systems in the world, with many lines and tunnels having existed for more than 100 years. You're sounding smug and ignorant with that post. Yes, other countries have more advanced transportation but it's easy to do if it has a closing time or was recently built. It also doesn't help that we had those plans pushed back due to concerns of terrorism. 9/11 then the Madrid bombings, the media plays up on the fear mongering.

6. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

Dont be mean some ppl just get NY like New Yorkers doo this is gonna be cool tho :)

8. JC unregistered

Other people in other countries complain about how Americans are ignorant. They're hypocritical. The "we've had it for 4 years" part sounded smug.

4. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Oh, great. Can't even get away from the cell phone idiots on the subway. And they'll all be yelling to be heard.

7. JC unregistered

If this option isn't given to them then people say we're backwards. If the option is given to them a whole new set of problems arises... can't really win here. This takes away my excuse of not being able to talk because I'm heading into the subway...

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