Cell Phone Service Coming to MTA Subways

The new service will be launched Tuesday at six stations, as a part of a pilot program.

Beginning Tuesday, cell phone and WiFi service will be available in six subway stations in Manhattan, according to the NY Daily News.

The new service will be launched next week, as a part of a pilot program. However, don't expect to be able to make calls while the trains are in transit; service will be available only on platforms.

Subway riders will be able to use their phones beginning next week through the end of the year on platforms at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street and at 14th Street and Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

Under the $200 million contract between MTA and Transit Wireless, 277 underground stations eventually will be equipped for wireless service by 2016. Riders will have cell phone service on platforms, mezzanines and in other parts of underground stations.

But there's a catch: Down the line, the service may not be free for users. Transit Wireless plans to cover the cost of the service by charging service providers a fee-- one that could fall right back into customers' laps.

Officials say AT&T and T-Mobile have already signed up.

Mike Klubok September 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Was in Washington DC a few years back and I was able to use my cellphone on their subway at no charge. Heaven forbid if there was an emergency, I could contact someone.
none September 26, 2011 at 08:53 AM
And here I foolishly thought this small consideration would be 'free'. Silly me.


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