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Cell Phone Service on the T

12/31/2007 02:28:00 PM
Starting this past weekend subway riders started noticing that their cell phones were working in certain T stations. InSite Wireless has struck a deal with the MBTA to build and maintain the wireless infrastructure for the underground and aboveground T stations.

The T will be paid at least $4 million over 15 years, with additional paments as the network expands. I think the way it works is InSite sets the system up and then charges the cell phone carriers to use it.

As of right now, those folks with cell service from T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon can make and receive calls at the following stations:

Park Street, Downtown Crossing, Government Center, and State Street.

I haven't had the pleasure of testing this out yet, I usually walk wherever it is I need to go. But maybe sometime this week, I will try to make my way over to Park Street just to test it out.

Anyone out there use their phones underground yet? BostonNOW reports that the service is a little spotty underground so calls get dropped pretty frequently. That's ok, just stick to txt messaging while underground. At least you can still be reached.



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2 Response to "Cell Phone Service on the T"

  1. Will Said,

    Thanks for the info. I will have to try that on my way home today.

    Posted on 1/2/08, 9:51 AM

     
  2. Will Said,

    Both Park St. & Downtown Crossing work well. No static and a strong signal. However, all conversation gets washed over as a train approaches. As the blogger recommended, stick to txt messaging.

    Posted on 1/3/08, 2:40 PM

     
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