Los Angeles Subway to Be Fitted with Cell and WiFi Service
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority began work this week on adding cellular and WiFi service to select stations along the Red line. Four stations will receive cellular and WiFi service by May, and the tunnels between them will be linked by August under phase one of the project. Phase two, to be completed by June 2016, will add wireless services to five more stations along the Red and Purple lines. Phase three, which won't be fully finalized until March 2017, will extend WiFi to the Red line's end point in North Hollywood, as well as the tunnel portions of the Gold line in Pasadena and East Los Angeles. The contract was awarded to InSite Wireless two years ago, but work has been delayed in order to circumvent security and interference issues with first responders. The Metro did not specify which wireless network operators are involved with the project. Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., and the Bay Area all offer limited cellular service in select stations and lines.
Apple Improves iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with 3D Touch
Sep 9, 2015
Apple today announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which are enhanced versions last year's iPhones. Like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the 6s and 6s Plus have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens, respectively, slim metal designs, and fingerprint readers built into the home button.
New Yorkers Can Now Buy Train Tickets From Smartphones
Jul 5, 2016
Commuters who ride select Long Island Railroad or Metro-North routes can use the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new eTix app to purchase, activate, and use train tickets. The MTA says mobile ticketing is available to those who ride LIRR's Port Washington branch or Metro-North's Hudson Line, with support for all branches/lines due by the end of August.
NYC Reaches Full Cellular Coverage In All Subway Stations
Jan 5, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that by January 9th, all underground subway stations in New York City will have cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The system was built and is maintained by Transit Wireless, which confirmed to Phone Scoop that this milestone includes all four major wireless carriers, at all covered stations.
Alcatel 3 Series to Come In Three Different Sizes
Feb 24, 2018
Alcatel today announced its 3 Series smartphones, part of its larger family of new Android handsets. The 3 Series encompasses three phones that will offer screens measuring 5.5 inches (3), 5.7 inches (3X), and 6 inches (3V).
Sprint Says It Has Improved NYC Network Performance
Sep 20, 2016
Sprint today talked up coverage improvements it has made across New York City. For example, using two-channel carrier aggregation Sprint has doubled the download speeds and capacity of its 2.5 GHz cell sites around the metropolitan area.