Being underground is not the best way to get a cell signal, but thousand upon thousands of New yorkers crowd the subways everyday getting to and from work as their go about their lives. However, many of them cannot use their cell phones in the subways because the signal strength is not good enough this almost drove me so crazy I wanted to sell my mobile phone off and become a hermit in the city that does not sleep. Well, Verizon has an answer to that.
Verizon has inked a deal with transit officials to offer 3G and 4G LTE signals in certain subways stations throughout the city. Some have already been online, but now many more are going to be online. The implications are far-reaching for those who want to use their waits at the station and time on the train to get work done. They say that New York is the city that never sleeps, but now it can be the city that never stops being productive.
Keep in mind that Verizon is a little late to the party as other carriers like AT&T and Sprint has already made deals with the transit authority to ensure that there is a signal in the stations. This just one more step towards the subways be a completely open digital area.
While Verizon may be alte to the party, it is a good-faith step on their part that will allow them to give their customers better service and keep everyone happy. After all, we all just want to be happy with our mobile carriers.
The precedent here is sure to catch on in other cities with subway systems. It won't be too long now before these major carriers realize they have to do much more to service their customers and recognize that a good many of them are traveling underground everyday and may still need to make a phone call or work on that report they are giving that morning.