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Verizon to introduce Wi-Fi in NYC subways

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Transit Wireless and Verizon have finalized a deal to bring Verizon's 3G and 4G LTE wireless networks to Transit Wireless' systems in the New York City subway.

The U.S. carrier will begin installing its equipment in Transit Wireless' Base Station Hotel facilities over the next few weeks, and Verizon customers will be able to connect to 3G/LTE Wi-Fi in 36 stations already online in mid-town Manhattan and Chelsea later this year.

William A. Bayne, CEO of Transit Wireless commented:

"We have now secured partnerships with all four major wireless carriers to bring the vast majority of New Yorkers, visitors, government agency personnel, transit employees, contractors and first responders the ability to be connected in the stations we've constructed -- a real milestone."

Phase two of the project will introduce the wireless network to 40 new stations, including Grand Central Station, 34th St. Herald Square and Bryant Park. The project is expected to be completed early next year.

"Bringing wireless service into the New York City subway has been a big step forward for our customers, and we're pleased that even more of them will be able to take advantage of it," said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. "The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it."

You can check if your station has wireless services here.

Via: Verizon

— By on August 20, 2013, 1:50 AM PST

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