AT&T, T-Mobile Expand Cellular Coverage to 30 More NYC Subway Stations
T-Mobile has been investing billions of dollars to grow its network and was the first major carrier to offer HD Voice, a technology that improves the quality of voice calls by, in part, separating the speaker's voice from surrounding noise. Both parties on a call have to be on phones that can take advantage of the technology, which T-Mobile's iPhone 5, HTC One S, Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 all can. "HD Voice will really come in handy in a noisy place such as this," said Tom Ellefson, T-Mobile's regional vice president of Engineering and Operation. Ellefson added that when T-Mobile officially launches its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in New York this summer, "we will extend it into the subway." Travelers not on one of the represented networks can take advantage of Boingo's WiFi network, which is free, though they'll likely have to watch an ad before being connected."The transit bureau wants to provide a level of security where people feel as comfortable using [their phones] underground as they do outside," he said. "It's something you should use as you would outside." A full listing of the 36 stations—which are the MTA system's most heavily traveled—is available on the MTA Website.
A current MTA marketing campaign, designed to reduce smartphone theft, urges subway riders, "Don't play dumb with your smartphone." While underground cell phone service will complement security efforts in an emergency, an MTA official said that commuters will also be safer day to day.