During a recent morning rush on the subway, something new happened.
At about quarter to nine on a jam-packed D train, as the doors opened at Rockefeller Center, my cell phone rang.
I was mortified.
First, I didn’t even know it was possible for phones to ring in the subway. Second, it seemed like the height of bad manners to be getting a call in such a crowded space.
After the Storm
Bits and pieces of the New York City subway system are slowly coming back online–and not a moment too soon. But given that many tunnels took a good dousing in the storm, we couldn’t help but wonder about the fate of the MTA’s plan to roll out wireless access to many more subway stations by the end of the year. And yes, it turns out we’ll have to wait a little longer to receive emails while idling in the bowels of Times Square.
“We anticipate certainly that the storm will delay the completion of the 30 [new] stations into the first part of next year,” TransitWireless CEO William Bayne told Betabeat earlier today.
We’re stretching into yet another day of no power downtown. If you’re seeking Wifi, you could simply head north until you find somewhere, but it’s probably best to proceed with a plan. Hence, we’ve rounded up a list of places you might want to try:
The dog days of summer are upon us, but there’s a bright spot gleaming like Gatsby’s green light from the West side of Manhattan. Google Offers, which apparently still exists, has teamed up with Boingo to provide free Wifi in six subway stations this summer. Can you imagine the awesomeness of being able to check your email while waiting on a sticky, rat-ridden platform for the ever-elusive M train?
Back in February, Transit Wireless, the company formed to carry out the implementation of a new wireless network for New York’s transit system, announced that it would be bringing wifi to 30 of New York’s subway stations. On that day, millions of satisfied sighs could be heard echoing across our fine city. But prepare to rejoice even further: Today, Internet provider Boingo announced that it has struck up a partnership with Transit Wireless to deliver wifi to all of New York’s subway stations.
Engadget reports that one-click wifi will be available for Boingo customers and their roaming partners. Like Boingo services in other public areas, the NYC subway wifi will cost a pretty penny for non-Boingo customers, but it’s nice to at least have the option of hopping online.
Boingo will be rolling out the service to NYC subway stations over the next five years, which is kind of a long time in tech years–we’ll probably all be donning Google glasses by then.