T-Mobile Service Coming to NYC Subways

 

It took a year, but T-mobile service in NYC subways will finally begin on Tuesday.  So now, just like everywhere else, you can listen to the person next to you yell at their boss chat with a friend.  I guess the good thing is that service will not be offered on moving trains and will be limited to just some pilot platforms.

The pilot program will introduce cellphone reception to the C-E platforms at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and three other stations along West 14th Street: the A, C, E and L platforms at Eighth Avenue; the F, M and L platforms at Avenue of the Americas; and the Seventh Avenue station that serves the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 lines.

Anyone in NYC happy to see this happen?

The New York Times

 

 

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  • Jabombardier

    I think it already started. I got full 4G service in at the 23rd street 8th avenue stop this past monday.

    • Shanmunaweera

      what kind of phone are you using?

      • Jabombardier

        i am using the G2X

    • Anonymous

      There are some stations where the above ground signal does make to the train platform.  The Wall Street stop on the 4 and 5 is one.   I’ve also gotten signals if there is a visible street grate above.

      • Jabombardier

        It is true but the 23rd street 8th ave. Station never has reception. That day it waa fulll bars and 4g.

  • Rex

    That pic isn’t even the Subway lol But I digress… this news makes me think, “OOOH NO! Ohhhh Guuurk!”

    • Rek Aviles

      Thats what went thru my mind when I saw that pic.  lol

    • Anonymous

      Oh good I thought the same thing and I’ve never even been to New York! Looks to me like the London Underground.
      On the subject of phone service down there, I think it would be perfect if they offered data but not voice. Is that even possible?

      • Jabombardier

        That is the London Underground.

    • Anonymous

      Oh good I thought the same thing and I’ve never even been to New York! Looks to me like the London Underground.
      On the subject of phone service down there, I think it would be perfect if they offered data but not voice. Is that even possible?

    • Asdf

      Yeah, way to post a photo of Toronto’s subway.

      • Jabombardier

        More like the London Underground.

      • Jabombardier

        More like the London Underground.

  • Rek Aviles

    Thats what went thru my mind when I saw that pic.  lol

  • Christopher Pena

    YESSSSSSS T.T ONE MORE REASON WHY NYC IS SO GREAT LOL…..even though i think other places had this too

    • Juang30

      Yes, I live in Chicago and Tmobile was one of the last carriers to get service in our subway system. It’s about two years that we have had this service, but it only is available at the stations. You can’t go on the internet being that it is 2g, but it’s rather good for calling and texting.

  • Klutchbx809

    oh hellz yea not a bad idea too now i am loving this

  • Ilyas_k15

    It’s good for many people, but it doesn’t affect me personally, so I don’t really care. If it was throughout all of NY, or at least Manhattan and Brooklyn, then I would be very happy

  • Anonymous

    Now if they could just get decent service in western mass.

  • Nate Gray

    To be honest… this is silly. Most stations, if you stand near the stairs through the gate, you can get service til the train comes. The Korean subway system has full service on MOVING trains… we can’t? Why is that…? Airplanes can received Wi-Fi signal 30,000 feet in the air but my phone shuts off ten feet under ground…

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Well in the air works because flying acts like the ultimate antenna (unobstructed signal, 5 miles in the air).

      In subways the carriers have to build repeaters for the signal to be transferred or relayed underground.

      Mainly, however, there’s significant post 9/11 concerns when you start making cell signals available in underground public transit (cell phones are the detonator of choice by terrorists).

  • Youngt82

    Yes I am. Well it has its good and bad but definitely good for emergencies and while waiting for train lol but we need more platforms and stations like here in The Bronx:)

  • Youngt82

    Yes I am. Well it has its good and bad but definitely good for emergencies and while waiting for train lol but we need more platforms and stations like here in The Bronx:)

  • Bakerboyjunk

    this has been working for a week or 2 now. i noticed it 2 weekends ago. and asked my friends if the they had service. (verzion and att) NOPE :)

  • Bakerboyjunk

    this has been working for a week or 2 now. i noticed it 2 weekends ago. and asked my friends if the they had service. (verzion and att) NOPE :)

  • Derrickps3

    good news for the new yorkers, im sure they are happy about this, and wont feel like they are buried under ground lol

  • Ash

    Singapore already has it system-wide, even in moving trains.

  • http://twitter.com/akbisw akbisw

    I HATE THIS NOOO. This is gonna suck so bad for everyone. I just hate people ethnic o white alike when they talk super loud and it gets even more annoying when they speak native!! Im not American and Im proud of that. But this is gonna suck sooo bad.
    Im warning u people.
    On the bright side noise cancelling headphone business will shoot up for sure.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

      noise cancelling headphones don’t block human voice.

    • Realcool2000

      Wow. You called yourself a non American racist. That’s just sad for you.

  • http://twitter.com/akbisw akbisw

    I HATE THIS NOOO. This is gonna suck so bad for everyone. I just hate people ethnic o white alike when they talk super loud and it gets even more annoying when they speak native!! Im not American and Im proud of that. But this is gonna suck sooo bad.
    Im warning u people.
    On the bright side noise cancelling headphone business will shoot up for sure.

  • http://twitter.com/akbisw akbisw

    I HATE THIS NOOO. This is gonna suck so bad for everyone. I just hate people ethnic o white alike when they talk super loud and it gets even more annoying when they speak native!! Im not American and Im proud of that. But this is gonna suck sooo bad.
    Im warning u people.
    On the bright side noise cancelling headphone business will shoot up for sure.

  • Anonymous

    Cell service in LA’s subways pls?  (yes we have subways in LA)  Kthxbai.

    • Frigadroid

      LA has a great rail system little known to the rest of the country. From my base at Hollywood & Western I can be at Chinese theater in less time than it takes a driver to go a block and turn left.

  • AndroidKura

    Hell yea I’m happy about this big time

  • AndroidKura

    Hell yea I’m happy about this big time

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I hate when people talk on or near public transit.

    Back in analog days we had some cell phone jammers for post 9/11 security “issues.” They were tossing them out (into the trash) to replace with digital units, so I got one of the obsolete units. (Have it right here).

    While taking it home for my electronics museum (aka boxes in my basement) I tried it out on the bus.  There were these two women having personal conversations on their cells, so loud that everyone was getting annoyed. I turned on that sucker and 10 seconds later those two women were going “Hello? Hello?”

    Sadly, mine does not work any longer because phones are digital now. It was cool while it lasted, on that one trip.

  • Charles Berry

    I can only add, remember when everyone had to have their conversations with Nextel so everyone and their neighbor had to hear it.  I am glad that i no longer have an association with that company, used to work for them before the ‘merger.”  Can only hope that people are discrete, let’s hope they use it for Data!?!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

    This is a good step for T-Mobile to show how competitive it is, by providing service underground.

  • Jaygqitalia

    Well its actually a very great thing. Knowing how secure we try to be with the terror threat, it would be nice to know if something happened, id be able to get through in the subway

    • Jvera5302

      Actualy, shouldn’t ths be bad because then terrorsts can commnicate underground? *shrug* doent seem like the greatest idea to me!

      • Jabombardier

        If a terrorist were to plan anything underground, they would plan before they do it unserground.

  • Jaygqitalia

    Well its actually a very great thing. Knowing how secure we try to be with the terror threat, it would be nice to know if something happened, id be able to get through in the subway

  • K.I.R.

    A lot of Americans may be unaware but most subway (or underground rail) systems outside of North America have wide area cell service throughout the track network. And they typically combine all the cell service providers onto a “Common Wireless Access System”.  These typically include coverage at both the platform level and in-tunnel, providing seamless communications for all users.

    Just my 2 cents… 

    • MIKEEEEE

      that would be too easy and smart, we americans aint that smart.

  • shibtsstic

    Verizon has had service on DC’s metro for at least 8 years

    • gup

      but this is t-mobile. not Verizon.

  • BobwilcoxIII

    how about service at my house!  im just over a mile away from a tower and cant get signal as soon as i walk in my front door…. its not even an underground lair either!
     

    • Jabombardier

      Have the buiding razed and biild a building with penetrable walls for phone signals.

    • Arcangeljp

      Wi-Fi calling. Use it.

  • MIKEEEEE

    why a london subway picture? at least we should see a good old #7 or Ftrain picture.

    remind me of my roots.

    • http://www.jeffkloy.me Jeff K.

      We need a pic of 7 running by the good ol’ Queensbridge projects!

      • Jabombardier

        ….the Seven doesn’t run by the Queensbridge Projects. The N and Q runs by descending into the 60th Street tunnel.

  • ShermCraig

    It’s a start!

  • Tuliom Mesa

    Psh if only NYC subway system what THAT clean lol
    Other then that i used to get service in Time Square 42nd Street with Tmo even underground.

  • http://twitter.com/BKKASHMAN MR O

    sick

  • erka

    uh, not sure why, but Ive had some TMobile service for a while now at a couple stations in manhattan… specifically throughout Penn Station, Times sq, a bunch downtown along 7 ave & 8 ave , a few uptown..

    Most of them is just basic voice service, but I’ve had decent ‘H/3G’ data on a couple

  • Dru Brown

    I have had T-Mobile service on the L train platforms at 14th street 8th avenue (3 stories underground) for the last month. It is useful for texting my wife. But, the trains are coming and going fast enough to make a long conversation impractical. In addition, service cuts out very shortly after entering the tunnels   

  • Sunnyanks289138

    but how about other underground stations like in queens,brooklny , bronx should have all subaway stations.

  • Anonymous

    yay

  • Anonymous

    yay

  • Blah

    I would like to see full data and cell service on all carriers in every part of the nyc subway.  I would also like to see the tap to swipe function that google wallet and nfc chips will bring.  So we can catch up with the rest of the world lol.