Cell Phone Service Arrives At Some NYC Subway Stations

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.

What’s your reaction to cell phone service in the subway system? Are you for or against it? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments

One Comment

  1. OMG says:

    Bring back the Pony Express!! This is such a gigantic step backwards — subways are holy places, where we are ordered by God to stare at the ground listlessly with a bunch of strangers. Being able to surf the net, catch up on the news, check email, read interesting things… It will ruin this holy Subway land forever, and was definitely NOT inevitable! Who could’ve predicted this???????????? OMG!!

  2. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW ??? says:

    YIPPPEEEE….Just what we need, another annoying conversation at annoying places about who did who last night…who friended who on Facebook and why the boss continuously asked kelly to stay late when in fact kelly turned out to be Kevin. There is so much other beneficial things that this money/resources can be put towards other than that. How about cleaner stations, on-time trains that are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This world is absorbed with so much materialistics things..oh my goodness I left my phone…did I forget to log off ?…I-Pod…I-Pad.etc. What every happened to being able to actually use a “public-phone” underground ? Or on the street for that matter..

    1. EMC says:

      Thank you!
      a perfect description of wasted money and additional inconveniences when they decide to “wire the whole syatem.These funds, no matter where they come from, would be better spent on improved service and irradicating the rat population down there

  3. JME says:

    SO NOW THE EVER SO CORRUPT MTA CAN RAISE THEIR FARES YET AGAIN TO PAY FOR THIS NONSENSE. PEOPLE – WAIT UNTIL YOU GET OUT OF THE SUBWAY TO DO YOUR FOOLISH CALLING AND TEXTING WHICH NO DOUBT IT IS.

  4. dune says:

    NEXT NEWS HEADLINE : “DISTRACTED COMMUTERS FALLING OFF PLATFORMS” Typical MTA creating more problems then charge us to solve it. Listen for it – toll and metrocard increase for platform shutter doors.

  5. belle says:

    Gee, what good news! Now we can hear annoying conversations in the subway too. Is there no place where we can escape from this??

  6. EMC says:

    Now the last place for peace from those shouting one-sided conversations bites the dust.
    The one meager advantage of the subway was the lack of cellphone babble.
    Too bad!

  7. Marino says:

    Fantastic! What a Dumb ideal! Did they check with Homeland Security, FBI, CIA or NYC Terrorist Task Force? Are we giving the terrorist or wannabe lone wolf the tool (cell phone) to use the service to strike the city tubes?

    Never gone ride the tubes, ever!?#%*¥£€{}

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