NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Cell phone service arrived in the New York City subway system Tuesday.
It’s not system-wide yet. AT&T and T-Mobile service is now available at:
- 23rd Street on the C & E platform
- The 6th & 8th Avenue L Stops
- 14th Street, at the 1, 2, 3, F, M, C, E and A stops.
AT&T and T-Mobile signed 10-year contracts to provide cell and Wi-Fi service through a network being built by Transit Wireless.
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Other carriers are still negotiating deals.
All underground stations are expected to be wired by 2016, but trains were not expected to have service between stations.
Bringing cell phone service into the subways should eliminate crowding near the entrance of the station to check for service. But it will also bring with it additional headaches: Unwelcome ringtones and conversations being had by neighbors.
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“Already above ground people are loud and obnoxious having arguments with their spouses and what not,” straphanger Robert Samuel said. “If you could do it downstairs and just be courteous to your fellow passengers I think it will be a great thing.”
There’s also a security concern: Cell phones can be used to detonate explosives.
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The cell phone service begins as the NYPD reports a spike in crime in the subway system, with thieves more actively targeting people using electronic devices like iPhones.
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