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Cellphone Service Coming to Every Subway Station by Jan. 9, Cuomo Says

By Ben Fractenberg | January 5, 2017 6:23pm
 Straphangers use their phones on the station platform at 59th Street.
Straphangers use their phones on the station platform at 59th Street.
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MIDTOWN — Get ready to hear more phone conversations in the subway.

Cellphone and Internet coverage is scheduled to be available in all stations across the city by Jan. 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

“By bringing Wi-Fi and cell service underground ahead of schedule, we are reimagining our subway stations to meet the needs of the next generation,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“This will better connect New Yorkers who are on-the-go and build on our vision to reimagine the country’s busiest transportation network for the future. I thank all of our partners.”

All four major carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — will work, officials said.

Transit Wireless spent $300 million to install the service and will share revenue from the networks with the MTA, according to the governor’s office.

Almost every station already has service, with the final one, Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights, set to go live on Monday.

Four other stations are under renovation or about to undergo renovation — South Ferry, Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street and Bay Ridge Avenue — and will provide service after completion.

The expansion comes just after the opening of the Second Avenue Subway