More Cell Phones in More Stations
I'm going to test out something I've seen other bloggers, including DCist, and commenters talking about this week: They've been able to use wireless services other than Verizon in some of the underground stations.
Metro and the wireless companies had pledged in August to have the service available on the platforms in 20 stations by Friday, so this would just be an early delivery on the promise.
Here's your 20 stations: 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.
This means users of Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile all will be able to to make calls, send text messages or surf the Web at those locations. 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.
I have mixed feelings about this: We have Post-issued BlackBerrys with T-Mobile service. I can't use mine underground, where I happen to spend a lot of time and would love to be able to send out alerts right away when something is amiss. But many of my readers and commenters say they already hear too many details about private lives yelled into phones on trains.
At least, the Metro plan lets us get used to this gradually.
October 15, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, cell phones, wireless service
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