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AT&T, T-Mobile to have cell service in New York City subways

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Sat October 2, 2010

ATT and T-Mobile make deal for NYC subway access

Efforts to install wireless in New York City subways gained a significant boost late on Friday as Transit Wireless said it had reached deals with AT&T and T-Mobile to provide cellphone access at subway stations. The two GSM carriers have a 10-year agreement to link their phones to Transit Wireless' network in a plan that will eventually reach all 277 terminals in the city. Either carrier will have the option of renewing its deals in five-year blocks for four instances, representative Pat Smith told Bloomberg.

The agreements are coups for both carriers but particularly AT&T. The carrier has had a well-known fight to meet the demands on its 3G network but is also one of the most popular in New York City due to its current exclusive for the iPhone. Sprint and Verizon both have strong footholds in the city but may now be at a disadvantage, as either will currently lack an official way of getting cellular coverage below ground.

Transit Wireless' network will also include Wi-Fi and may cover significantly more than just the stations, as signal propagation could send both the cellular through large sections of the tunnels.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. macgeek7

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    It's about time!

    This should have happened 5 years ago!

  1. GigiBerlogea

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    It's about time INDEED!

    In my hometown in Bucharest we had GSM coverage in subways for the last 10 years!!!

    US really needs to get their act together and upgrade the infrastructure. I was surprised that here the highest speed I got for internet was 2Mb/s for $50 while back home I have 100Mb/s for 8 euros (~$12).
    Beat that!!!!

  1. Fast iBook

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    Sweet.

    Sweet, i just hope people shut the F up and just use the data.

    - A

  1. c4rlob

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    They already charge us!

    But I already have a surcharge from MTA on my AT&T bill. 86-cents per month. So they take our money now but can't even give us a firm date of when and where it will deploy!
    IRRESPONSIBLE - no wonder MTA is a mess!

  1. kerryb

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    Oh NO!

    Sometimes the subway is one of the most peaceful public places in NY. Commuters read books or listen to their iPods and everyone keeps it cool. To be trapped in a subway with a bunch of load conversations about nothing will drive a lot of us crazy and no good will come of it. Not everyone on the trains is under 30 and thinks texting and chatting on a cell is the most important thing in the world.

  1. UmarOMC

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    They've been charging you

    "But I already have a surcharge from MTA on my AT&T bill. 86-cents per month. So they take our money now but can't even give us a firm date of when and where it will deploy!
    IRRESPONSIBLE - no wonder MTA is a mess!"

    That tax is on all phone bills- even land lines- and does not pay towards cell phone coverage.

    I'd personally prefer not having cell service in all those STATIONS ("terminals" are the points at which trains terminate. ie; Grand Central Terminal) just so I hear a little less stupidity out loud while I'm in the subway. Morons.

  1. gskibum3

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    Inside?

    How about AT&T first figure out how to provide cell coverage outside subway stations.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    @ kerryb

    We can always hope for an upswing in thieves snatching iPhones from oblivious yakkers just before the doors close. Black market iPhone 4s still command an extravagant price in China even after the official release.

  1. CmdrGampu

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    @ UmarOMC

    "just so I hear a little less stupidity out loud while I'm in the subway. Morons. "

    Amen to that. I was once trapped on a Greyhound redeye with some imbecile yakking for a couple of hours on his cell while everyone was trying to sleep. He complained that his girlfriend's family didn't like him. Maybe because you're obviously a selfish, inconsiderate twerp! Worse, unlike the subway, if you're fed up on a Greyhound bus, you can't just get off the train at the next stop and wait for another.

  1. Fast iBook

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    Realization for those who whine.....

    The train is not a rest stop, not a sleep or quiet zone, and it would be of great benefit to many people if they were able to use messaging, data & even make or receive a call.

    Can't tell you how many times i've been in a station or tunnel & could have used the mta website to check delays.

    - A

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