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Getting a New Wireless Signal in Metro Today?

Calling Ballston, Bethesda, Columbia Heights, Crystal City, Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Foggy Bottom, Friendship Heights, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Metro Center, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Rosslyn, Smithsonian and Union Station.

Can you read me today on that non-Verizon, non-Sprint mobile phone you've been carrying around?

That's the plan worked out by Metro and the wireless carriers. But you'd better be on the platforms in those stations to test it. Nothing else will do, as Post staff writer Lena H. Sun points out. This is one small step for telecommunications.

Let us know if it's working for you today. There were reports through the week that people were discovering signals where there had been no signals, but I wasn't having much luck with my T-Mobile on Thursday afternoon.

We have two polls:
-- Tell us about your signal.
-- Tell us whether you think this expansion is a good idea.

The companies are scheduled to install service at the remaining 27 underground stations by next fall. Wireless customers will be able to use their devices in tunnels by October 2012.

Some early feedback from our Twitter followers:

@pchristianson: 3G at Union Station

@polititoon: I think Metro did this to boost sales. Metro this morning has more customers than usual

@perkinsms: Wmata was required by Federal law to provide cell phone coverage. They're doing the minimum required #rainonparade #37piecesofflair

By Robert Thomson  |  October 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, cell phones  
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I use an iPhone with AT&T service. I had full bars at Union Station, Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Metro and Farragut North.

Posted by: m_mcphate | October 16, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Ditto: m_mcphate

Posted by: ShawnDC | October 16, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sprint user here. Had 5 bars at Dupont and Friendship Heights.

Posted by: rwglas | October 16, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Sprint has always had service in Metro tunnels because we can roam on the Verizon network.

Posted by: afsljafweljkjlfe | October 16, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

yeah, as mentioned in the Lena Sun piece, works on platforms but not in the tunnels.

Got 3G with T-Mobile, just in time for the train to whiz on to the next station.

Great for e-mails, not so great for calls > 10 seconds.

Will be very handy when there are delays, though!

Posted by: ChrisCombs | October 16, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I think it's great. Now when I am running late to work b/c of metro problems, I can actually let someone know!

Posted by: geneticcounselor2 | October 16, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

i have t-mobile and had full 3G coverage this morning on platforms at columbia heights as well as gallery place stations.

Posted by: xrvax | October 16, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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