Mobile Service Underground

Surely there must be something better to write about than the T, but then again the MBTA has rolled out quite a few changes recently. This time they’ve added mobile phone service to several stations on their platforms and the surrounding tunnels. You will now be able to talk underground if you’re on the platform or tunnels at Government Center, Downtown Crossing, Park Street and State Street if you have T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon Wireless.

Some feel that this is a great step in increasing the ability to communicate when one is delayed while others think that listening to people try to talk over the train will be a pain. I can’t imagine talking over the squeal of the green line, personally, but being able to send a text here and there will be nice.

I can’t help but wonder, though, what other stations can catch a little signal. I was able to use T-Mobile from Downtown Crossing months ago, and although it’s not mentioned in The Globe’s article, I received a text message sent by a friend’s Sprint phone while he was in Government Center.

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