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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.


By Robert Thomson  |  October 15, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, cell phones, wireless service  
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This helps for emergency purposes or calling in to work if there is a delay. But the inane chatter from some of these morons is ridiculous. Loud, profane conversations about nothing couple with idiots who can't turn down their damn music so folks can doze or daydream or read is a daily nuisance. And don't bother riding the train when school lets out unless you want all that times ten.

Posted by: kahlua87 | October 15, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This will give hapless Metro commuters something to do while they wait for a train they can squeeze into during rush hour.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | October 15, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic. I can now dump Verizon if I choose. Alternatively, this might force Verizon to upgrade its lousy coverage within Metro.

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 16, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

So, why exactly is it going to take another three years before we get service in the tunnels?

Posted by: pikamander007 | October 16, 2009 3:22 AM | Report abuse

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