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Underground Phone Coverage Expanded on New York Train Stations

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Mobile phone coverage has been switched on in 30 underground stations on the New York City subway.

Thirty new subway stations in mid-town Manhattan, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle are now online, in addition to the initial six in Chelsea, which went online in September 2011.

The network infrastructure was deployed by Transit Wireless, and they have a reseller agreement with AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Boingo Wireless.

In addition, representatives from Sprint and Verizon Wireless were also on hand to announce that both carriers are finalizing agreements to participate in the network.

"This goes beyond providing cell service underground, it brings our customers a new level of security - with the ability to dial 911 in an emergency," said Acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer. "Customers now know that when they see something, they can now say something using their device to call 911."

Subway riders can also access the sponsored Wi-Fi network provided by Boingo for free.

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