Multiple Upper West Side subway stations now have free wireless access, meaning you can access the Internet, email and apps whether or not your carrier’s cell phone signal reaches you underground. The full list of stations where wi-fi is available is posted below. So far, we have seen signs or heard from readers that the service is available at the 79th street station for the 1 line and the 81st street station for the B and C line. We also hear from a commenter below that it is now at the 72nd street 1, 2 and 3 station. Anywhere you see the “Wi-Fi” sign above, you should be able to log in. The network is called “Boingo”.
The service is provided by company Transit Wireless at no cost, and it’s currently being funded by Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Transit Wireless is still testing the wi-fi, but expects it to become a permanent fixture at the stations, funded by sponsors. “We are planning a larger roll-out very soon, including offering mobile phone service on AT&T and T-Mobile USA, which will be announced at a press conference,” spokesman Jared Leavitt tells us. “At that time, the plan is to have the Wi-Fi be sponsored.”
Update: Transit Wireless has sent us the full list of Upper West Side stations with wi-fi:
Midtown-57 St-7 Av (N,Q,R,W)
59 St-Columbus Circle (A,B,C,D,1)
72 St (B,C)
72 St (1,2,3)
79 St (1)
81 St-Museum of Natural History (B,C)
86 St (B,C)
86 St (1)
96 St (B,C)
Ken, a reader, says that his phone warned him against joining the Boingo network: “They have some sort of security issue with the network however because my iPhone warned me that the server could not be identified, and wanted to know if I really wanted to proceed. Not being sure if it was really MTA wifi (Boingo? Really? wtf?) or someone looking to steal my banking info, I did not let it connect. There seems to also be a second locked network called Test24. Not sure what that is. I’m guessing we are ahead of the curve here and they will catch us up soon.”
Thanks to Meg for the photo.