Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Amtrak and T-Mobile offer WiFi at select stations (Philadelphia 30th Street Station and New York Penn Station included)

This CNET story talks about a press release from T-Mobile announcing that T-Mobile HotSpot service is available along the NEC. Passengers waiting for a train can now surf the web via the T-Mobile WiFi network at the Washington D.C. Union Station, Baltimore Penn Station, Wilmington Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station and New York Penn Station.

If you have T-Mobile cellular service with the $19.99 monthly unlimited data plan you can surf for free as part of that plan. With a device like the BlackBerry 8320 you can make and receive UMA calls at these stations.

Hoping this story was going to be WiFi on the trains in the NEC. That would have been great news for Philly-NYC commuters.


  • Wifi on the trains is greatly hampered by the EMI from the high voltage lines that carry the electricity used to power the trains along the NEC. Chicago and California have wifi, bu on diesel powered routes. Motorola and Verizon have both tried and failed to get this working on the NEC, and so for now we're all screwed. It sucks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:22 PM, October 26, 2007  

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