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Cell Phone Reception In Subways: Yay or Nay?

The Metropolitan Transport Authority announced on Wednesday that they would be wiring 277 underground stations in the subway system for cell phone use. According to The New York Times, the cell phone signal will only work in subway stations, as the subway tunnels will not be wired, so commuters can ride in peace. This subway upgrade will start in six downtown Manhattan stations in two years and then when all the glitches are ironed out, Transit Wireless will have four more years to complete the rest of the underground stations. The main reason for the estimated $150-$200 million dollar improvement is to help people stay connected, especially when there is an emergency. I think this should be implemented in all subway stations, and I like the fact that it doesn't mean you'll be stuck listening to a person gabbing next to you while traveling. What do you think?Image Source

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katie_abot katie_abot 9 years
Yay for txt msg service. Nay for voice service unless there is an emergency situation.
sugaryamy sugaryamy 9 years
I'm sure it will be obnoxious, but when my little petite frame is traveling home late night by myself, I'd like the reassurance that I could call someone if things get a little sketchy.
artod4789 artod4789 9 years
We have it here in DC and it can be great somedays, but horrible others. People yelling on their phones next to you because the sound of the train is too loud. Yeah, that is NOT fun!!!
ziggy ziggy 9 years
It's a nice break from hearing people shout into phones and obnoxious ring tones... I remember the last time I was in London, a woman was being rude and loud in a lift down to the platform and midsentence she says, "hang on my other phone is ringing"... other phone!! omfg! Yes, her annoyance capacity then increased.. It's nice quiet time when cellphones don't work or can't be used... like on planes... ahh :)
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
Definitely for it, especially if there is an emergency.
Ultress Ultress 9 years
Only emergency service should be allowed. The prospect of being subject to subway riders' conversations makes me if we need another reason to rage on the subway. How about the MTA provides DECENT PA SERVICE SO WE DON'T WAIT ON PLATFORMS FOR 45 MIN WAITING FOR TRAINS THAT NEVER COME.
christiana christiana 9 years
I recently moved to Boston from NYC, and it is such a pain that people get cell phone service on the T, the last thing I want is to hear other people's business over my ipod
Kasdaye Kasdaye 9 years
I've never lived in a city that has a subway, so this doesn't really apply.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
:WOOHOO: Yeay!!
nnayap nnayap 9 years
I'm pretty neutral about this change. I think that at this point, so many people are listening to their ipods and mp3 players that it won't bother that many people if others are on their cell phones.
lily314 lily314 9 years
Do you really think that the phone calls will be limited to the stations? Look at how many people try to call when the train goes above ground briefly; you get a chorus of "I can talk for two minutes -- can you hear me?" Inevitably people will try this when they approach the wireless stations. Fortunately, I don't have to deal with this because I commute by express bus. Unfortunately, the cell phone situation is even worse. People talk extra loud either unnecessarily or because they want to be heard over traffic. You know what? It's 6:30 AM! (Or, on the commute home, I've been at work for 12 hours!) I don't want to hear about your personal problems. Unless there's ACTUALLY an emergency, exercise some courtesy to your fellow commuters.
cretinhop cretinhop 9 years
I can't imagine being trapped in a subway cars while everyone was talking on their phones, let alone people that use their walkie-talkies. I can't stand it in a convenience store for 2 minutes. I'm all for having service at the station though. But it would just be awful in the trains, it's just way to crowded.
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
I am curious to know what people consider "necessary" cell phone calls, because I don't think it's really that important unless you're on fire or being hunted by a mob of zombies.. Needing to call your friend to whine about life and everything in it.. Is not necessary Dicussing your latest STD or conquest...Is not necessary Discussing that cute think your kid/pet did.. is not necessary and personal information of any kind is not necessary when you're in public.. Because NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT and until the general public gain some manners, i think cellphones should only be used in private.. Not walking down the street making you a hazard to everyone around you.. Or on public transportation making you a nucience to everyone within hearing range to your conversastion
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I think it's great, because even though there will be more ease in using cell phones--especially for necessary calls--there will still be limits for the courtesy of fellow riders.
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
i'm sooo excited about this!
kelsee kelsee 9 years
MuffinGal MuffinGal 9 years
Thank you wicltd! People have no idea of what is appropriate to discuss on a cell in public. In NYC, I used to take the express bus for a nice, relaxing commute and then people started riding the bus and talking from 34th St all the way to the Bronx. I don't care about your baby's daddy or about those shoes you have your eye on. This is the worst and most unimportant thing that the MTA should be concerning themselves with. How about lowering that fare with your two sets of financial books?! How about trains that run on time or tunnels that don't flood?! Talk about not having your priorities straight!
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 9 years
i constantly get traffic updates and news on my phone so i would use it for that purpose. all the same when riding on the subway in ny and the train is outside, people are on their phones anyway. so it wouldn't be anything different then what is happening today.
wiciltd wiciltd 9 years
I wish cellphones were never invented I am sick of hearing peoples loud inappropriate conversations conversations.. I just don't give a damn..
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 9 years
I guess I'm for it; as long as there isn't communication problems with NYC MTA.
lizalee lizalee 9 years
nay for sure. it's noisy as is.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
I think its important for people to always be connect, so yes!
balisane balisane 9 years
OMFG, no thanks. People already don't know how to act with their phones on the street, in restaurants, stores - on a platform where they'll be shouting at the top of their lungs in what amounts to an echo chamber? Less fun i've never had. God help us all if those obnoxious Nettel walkie-talkie phones work underground, too.
notoriuskitty notoriuskitty 9 years
I think it's a good idea, but I think people need to practice their cell phone etiquitte as well
tnj107 tnj107 9 years
I am all for it.
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