Metro Tech

Sprint Customers Will Soon Be Able to Use Their Cellphones At Underground Subway Stops

Good news for those who stuck with Sprint.
Soon. (Photo: flickr.com/anniemole)

Soon. (Photo: flickr.com/anniemole)

Soon, Sprint customers won’t have to look longingly at others who are completing calls underground.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the mobile company and Transit Wireless have finalized a contract to connect their customers at 36 subway stations in midtown and Chelsea by early 2014. The deal also encompasses Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers, since both use Sprint’s wireless network

Sprint customers will be able to use its 3G and 4G LTE networks at several bustling stops, like Times Square, Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Center. It will start installing equipment to 40 new stations like Grand Central, Bryant Park and several stations in Queens next year.

Back in April, the MTA announced that AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon have all signed on to let their network’s be accessible underground. It’s part of Transit Wireless’ $200 million initiative to wire New York’s subway stations. They’re now completing deals with the cell companies who want space on its antennas.

The grand plan is to have all 277 underground stations wired within the next few years, but based on MTA’s record so we’re guessing it’s whenever Prince William’s son becomes King.

(H/T Wall Street Journal)

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