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Wireless reception in subways

Sandra Bachan
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Hello,

I take underground subways in a metropolitan are in USA and notice that people are still able to use hand-held devices. Are they accessing the wireless Internet? How is that possible considering that one cannot get a wireless signal for their cell phone in the underground subways?


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Abimaran Kugathasan
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I think, they are using picocells inside the sub ways!


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Could be Verizon. I heard my friends saying that.
Sandra Bachan
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I have Verizon cell phone and can only get reception when train is outdoors, on a bridge, rather than indoors, under a tunnel.

How do I get reception for my Verizon cell phone?

Please note: it is a regular cell phone I purchased in 2006/2007, as opposed to smart phone, or blackberry, or iphone.
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It depends on the city. In NYC, most people are reading cached e-mails on their BlackBerry/iPhone or playing games that don't require internet access. There are a couple places where you do get wireless from the train like when at the Penn Station stop. Which updates the e-mail cache.

Some cities are talking about setting up wireless access underground. Don't know if anyplace has yet though.


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Hebert Coelho
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When I saw this topic I was thinking when this could happen in my country. In Brazil even my cell phone barely works in the subway... =(


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Lester Burnham
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Considering the close proximity in which people travel on subways, and that many people talk unnecessarily loudly on cellphones, I for one would be happy for no cell phone reception on subways.
Eric Pascarello
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In the DC Metro, they set it up that all the major carriers phones work at the stations. Few years ago only Verizon had the contract with them to do it.

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I just spoke with ATT trying yet again to improve the sound quality on my cellphone. No help at all. In the two years I've been on contract, I have tried four different phones (Motorola, LG, and two Samsungs). All lousy. I know plenty of people who have great reception, some on ATT! Do you guys know what I can do, short of tossing this thing little nerve-eating device in the river?
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Lichen isha wrote:. All lousy. I know plenty of people who have great reception, some on ATT! Do you guys know what I can do, short of tossing this thing little nerve-eating device in the river?


Some phones have better radios and/or antennas and simply work better in areas with cra*&^ weak signals. Also, some guys live in towns where AT&T is not terrible, overloaded, etc.

There are also separate issues with voice and data. Which are you concerned with?

The good news is that AT&T is spending a fortune on upgrading their network. The bad news is that almost all (100% all?) of the money is going into LTE which will not help you (a) today and (b) will require new phones.
 
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