Cell Service to Expand to 30 NYC Subway Stations Next Year
Transit Wireless today announced that it will increase the availability of underground cellular service to a total of 30 New York City subway stations by the end of the first quarter of 2013. Some of the new stations set to receive wireless access include Times Square, Columbus Circle, and Rockefeller Center, all of which are major hubs in New York. So far, AT&T and T-Mobile USA have agreed to the expansion, though Transit Wireless is still holding discussions with Sprint and Verizon Wireless. Transit Wireless has provided service in six underground stations since late 2011. It says progress on the 30-station build out was delayed by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Transit plans to eventually cover all 277 subway stations throughout New York City with wireless service.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
AT&T Follows T-Mo and Verizon, to Offer Free Olympic Roaming
AT&T today said that like its competitors T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, it will offer customers the opportunity to use their mobile devices during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at no extra cost. Specifically, AT&T will waive the $10 fee normally charged for the AT&T International Day Pass.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.