Wireless Services At 40 More Subway Stations In NYC From Now On

Keep your connection smooth everywhere in New York City.

People using the subway to commute in NYC are now able to access wireless services at 40 more stations. For detail, the expansion will provide mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to 11 Manhattan stations, including Grand Central, Herald Square and Bryant Park, according to a statement from Graybar Services Inc., a St. Louis-based company providing electrical equipment for the project. The other 29 stations will be in Queens.

With the increasing number of commuter smartphones, the wireless carriers have been keen to provide coverage everywhere their customers are. However, New York’s older infrastructure didn’t allow for coverage until the last two years – and only in limited deployments. Being able to offer cell service underground is an additional selling point for the carrier. According to the plan of Metropolitan Transportation Authority, each of the 278 subway stations will have wireless and Wi-Fi service by 2017. Currently, 47 stations throughout the Upper West side and Midtown Manhattan have service. Major stations with service include Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Herald Square and Grand Central Terminal. The entire borough of Queens will be completed by next summer.

“By extending their commitment throughout the full build of this project, AT&T is helping ensure dependable, high-speed wireless coverage in the subway system for all their customers in New York and future innovations that improve the rider experience for years to come,” Transit Wireless CEO William A.Bayne said in a statement.

Customers of AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless or Sprint cellular will be able to connect automatically to the network when entering the operational subway stations. All riders can connect to the free Wi-Fi. It’s as easy as:

  1.     Go to the Wireless Setting on your device
  2.     Select the network SSID: Boingo Hotspot
  3.     Open your web browser to get connected

After San Francisco and New York City, which city will be the next one offering free Wi-Fi?  Share your comments with us.

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