There’s been talk for a little while now about a company planning to put wireless telephone service in subway stations in New York City. Breaking news: you’ll actually have signal on the trains themselves, too.
I’m ecstatic! My friends know how attached I am to my iPhone, so this is huge for me. And the fact that it’s a few years away from completion doesn’t bother me, since I don’t live there yet.
The company installing this wonderful service is called Transit Wireless, and they have two years to get a prototype running in six stations to demonstrate that the functionality works. After that, four more years to get the other 277 stations onboard.
For me, the bigger question is: why haven’t we had this sooner?! If they can put wireless telephone service on an airplane and on cruise ships, why can’t they do it in a subway station a few dozen feet under the surface of the street?
A bigger (and easier) “win” for me would just be data service. Every corporate-owned Starbucks in the continental United States offers free Wi-Fi service now, enabling smartphones and laptops and tablet computers to be much more useful on the go… Give me THAT on a subway and I will patiently wait for voice service ’til I get off the train.
But really, who actually TALKS on their cellphones these days anyway?