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Boingo Offers Limited Free NYC Subway Wi-Fi
NYC Stumbles Slowly Toward Subway Broadband
by Karl Bode 06:04PM Monday Jun 25 2012
Getting the New York City Subway system has been a slow and stumbling affair. A company by the name of Transit Wireless was tasked back in 2007 with bringing Wi-Fi to all 277 subway stations, but so far only a few dozen stations have been currently enabled. The company recently announced that they partnered with Boingo wireless to help manage the hotspots and today Boingo announced that alongside Google Offers, they'll be offering free Wi-Fi in the city all summer.

According to the announcement, availability of the offer will be somewhat limited, with connectivty offered at the following locations:

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• A, C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
• L station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
• C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 23rd Street
• 1, 2, 3 station at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street
• F, M station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
• L station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street

Google Offers is expected to be the first of many offers providing promotional connectivity. Transit Wireless has also been working with Sprint and Verizon to allow those users to make uninterrupted calls over Wi-Fi -- and plans to offer free connectivity to numerous partner product users including Sprint, Verizon, Skype and Microsoft. Transit Wireless says they should have Wi-Fi enabled at 36 subway stations in the city by the end of the year, so there's pretty clearly a lot of work left to be done.

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TamaraB
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What a joke

West 14th street? That's it after 5 years? What a joke!
sk1939
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Re: What a joke

Forget WiFi, I'd love to be able to get a basic cell phone signal down there. The "1" line is terrible for that.

TamaraB
Question The Current Paradigm
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Re: What a joke

I've never seen a cell signal underground. I ride the 2 and 5 trains all the time. Besides, how useful is a cell when you are nuts to butts in a noisy subway anyway?
sk1939
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Re: What a joke

About as useful as wifi really, most people will be using their cellphones on either.

elwoodblues
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Cue the Lawsuits

How dare the NYC Subway provide free wi-fi, it's taking money from the mega corporations who could be selling this at an outrageous price as a "premium product".
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: Cue the Lawsuits

actually the gov't HIRED a private company to build this. They're not spending gov't money.

rit56

join:2000-12-01
New York, NY

Really?

There are over 400 subway stations in New York and they are wiring six?
25139889

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Toledo, OH

Re: Really?

they need to hire a new company.

Eddy120876

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Bronx, NY
is simple give it to the tourist and the rich and then 10 years later to the rest of NYC. typical MTA crap

Dream Killer
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Forest Hills, NY
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cell

wifi is nice but i'd rather have them wire it up so i can get cellphone signal there similar to the river tunnels in nyc.

HardwareGeek

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Brooklyn, NY

Re: cell

its not needed in this station as there is cell service in the station and hardly any benches to sit.

BTW I tried to connect and it wouldn't
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Pirate515
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Re: cell

said by HardwareGeek:

BTW I tried to connect and it wouldn't

Wait, you actually expect it to work?!?!?! Now it would be under constant repair for several centuries, like the rest or NYC subway. Don't expect it to get fixed during your lifetime.
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squirrel83
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wifi in nyc

I agree with all comments . . you wire only six? It blows my mind that there are no subway stations with wifi these day.