Cell Service Coming to the Subway

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Cell Service Coming to the Subway

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:31 pm

Just when you thought you could go somewhere in peace and not listen to them yack incessantly.....

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... ns_newyork

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The stations with cellular service will be the C and E stops at 23rd Street; the A, C and E stops at 14th Street; the L stops at Sixth, Seventh and Eighth avenues; and the 1, 2, 3, F and M stops at 14th Street.

The project is meant only to provide service on platforms, but officials have said signals also will likely extend some of the way into tunnels between stations.
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Re: Cell Service Coming to the Subway

Post by Patrick Boylan » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:14 am

I'm surprised. I understand Philadelphia already has cell phone service in its subway so I assumed New York, shining example to the rest of the country, did as well. After all, isn't giving people more opportunity to communicate a good thing? :)

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Re: Cell Service Coming to the Subway

Post by railfan365 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:14 pm

Patrick Boylan wrote:I'm surprised. I understand Philadelphia already has cell phone service in its subway so I assumed New York, shining example to the rest of the country, did as well. After all, isn't giving people more opportunity to communicate a good thing? :)
Don't forget that whie NYC has the most extensive subway system in the world - it is not alwys cutting edge or uick in its evolution. It took them 5 years to have metro card working everywhere, with some of the busiest stations being among the last to go online (Union Square, for example). Making the system fully accessible is moving at worse than a snail's pace. and construction of a new line now takes much longer than it used to.

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Re: Cell Service Coming to the Subway

Post by peter kelly » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:43 pm

My phone (T-Mobile) seems to be working on the L platform at Union Square too. Felt pretty weird answering a call down there....

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