Report: Cell Phone Service Coming To Some Subway Platforms Next Week

NEW YORK (AP/WCBS 880) – Call it the last frontier for the loud cell phone talkers among us.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

The long-delayed project to wire New York City subway stations for cell phone service is finally bearing fruit. A person close to the matter says six stations will go live with the service on Tuesday.

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The person speaking on condition of anonymity says AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers will be able to use their phones at six stations in Chelsea. The person asked not to be identified because the official announcement is on Tuesday.

According to published reports, the stations will be the F/M and L platforms on 14th Street and 6th Avenue; the 1/2/3 platform at 14th Street and 7th Avenue; the L and A/C/E/ platforms at 14th Street and 8th Avenue; and the C/E platform on 23rd Street and 8th Avenue.

Sprint and Verizon phones won’t work there for now, but word is that a deal with Verizon is in the works.

The company that’s doing the wiring, Transit Wireless, has another five years to set up service at the other 271 stations in the system.

The project kicked off in 2007, but very little happened the first three years, as Transit Wireless ran into financing trouble.

Meanwhile, straphangers are reacting to the news.

“It’s kind of annoying when people start talking,” one told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

“I welcome it. I like living in the 21st century. I like being hooked in,” said another.

“I think it’s gonna be very useful, whether it’s because of safety or whether it’s because you want to talk to somebody while you’re waiting in the subway,” said yet another.

What do you think? Is cell phone service on subway platforms a good idea? Sound off in the comments section below…

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  • Donella

    I don’t give a damn about using my cell phone on the train. Give me better train service. If I can get to my destination quickly I won’t have to use it!!

  • Earnestine

    Hate the idea. Cell phone uses are the most annoying creatures on the face of the earth. Who wants to hear their little insignificant conversations while on a crowded train. Read a book and let the rest of have a little peace!

  • Steven

    Great! YAK! YAK! YAK! YAK!


    YIPPEEEEE….Just what we need. More annoying conversations in annoying places about who did who last night and why the boss asked Judy to stay late when Judy really turned out to be Jim. Take that money or resources and put it towards something more beneficial like cleaner platforms, cleaner and on-time trains and perhaps an EXTERMINATOR.

  • Michael H.

    Providing voice services on a train platform is a recipe for disaster. They should have simple data or wifi available and leave it at that. Countdown to people beating each other senseless because somebody was yapping on a phone in 3…2…1…

    • Blas Ronin

      Michael H has the best point here, and yes its the 21st century with WIFI access to all users people can still interact in their social networks while not being annoying to others. Trains get crowded and sometimes we encounter people with hi gene issues. Its better to be silent than yapping lets keep NYC a calmer place.

    • Mike

      Agree. Voice services will lead to more confrontations between straphangers and it will lead to more crimes as well as people will frequently expose their gadgets. Last but not least, don’t forget about accidents that could arise while using cellphones on the platform. It’s like talking on the cell while crossing streets. Dangerous.

  • bullett

    Just what we all need; now we can listen in on someone’s escapades from the roar of the train as it comes rumbling into the station. YOU DID WHAT!



  • David

    Today’s obsession with cell phones is a mystery to me. One of the few nice things about the subway is (was) that it was a place where we were free of them. Thank goodness for noise-cancelling earphones.

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