New York Subway Wireless Service Expands to Include Verizon

Wireless service in New York’s subway stations will be extended to Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) and other partners of Boingo Wireless Inc. (WIFI), letting more mobile-device users access the Web while waiting for the train.

The Wi-Fi service, provided by the Transit Wireless LLC network, is being built to provide 277 subway stations with connectivity in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens, Boingo said today in a statement.

The announcement follows an agreement that AT&T Inc. (T) and T- Mobile USA signed with closely held Transit Wireless in 2010, an accord that lets those carriers’ customers to also make mobile calls. Boingo’s service only ensures data connectivity. Service will only be available in the stations, not in the tunnels.

Subway station Wi-Fi availability will gradually roll out over the next five years, Los Angeles-based Boingo said. Access will be free for certain customers of Boingo’s partners, including Microsoft Corp.’s Skype, Sprint and Verizon, depending on their service plans, spokesman Christian Gunning said in an interview.

Boingo Wireless allows subscribers to access Wi-Fi at more than 500,000 hotspots worldwide. Transit Wireless owns and operates the New York City subway station wireless communications network. Broadcast Australia acquired a controlling stake in Transit Wireless in 2010.

Boingo fell 8.4 percent to $9.80 at the close in New York. The shares have gained 14 percent this year.

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