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    News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Underground network to get coverage by 2012, but who will pay?
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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    I recently had a trip to Stockholm where they already have this and it works well. London is playing catch up. That said - it's hardly the best place to make a phone call unless the train is empty.

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Who will pay? evidently the networks will. According to your article anyway

    i really can't imagine trying to make a call on the tube, it's often difficult enough to have a conversation with the person next to you. Data services and SMS are another matter.

    Here's a thought: how accurate would they be able to make cell positioning down there? I would imagine it would be fairly accurate, perhaps not GPS accurate, but a damn site better than "within 500m" you usually get.

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Being able to text or browse would be massively welcome as far as I'm concerned. Anything to avoid accidently making eye contact with someone who sees it as an opportunity to talk to me.

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Quote Originally Posted by GheeTsar View Post
    I recently had a trip to Stockholm where they already have this and it works well. London is playing catch up. That said - it's hardly the best place to make a phone call unless the train is empty.
    +1 I to have just been to Stockholm and it works well. But I would them rather get some proper size metro trains that cuts conjection and that do not require you to be below 5.0ft and double jointed. (I know my statement is unfeasible as it is mostly old construction but we can all wish)

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    err most places have this, even the italians ffs.

    but its a sign of how broken TFL is, I'm sure some telephone operator would have covered all the required costs for this long ago, seeing as they did in most other countries.

    It must be how expensive TFL make it to be able to install kit, and considering our tube stops earlier than most peoples, and has waaay more maintance time, something isn't right.
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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    While I'd love to approve of this in principle, in practice the only quite work days I get are the ones where I'm packed off to London, because I can always claim I missed any calls while I was on the tube! What excuse am I going to use now!?

    All in all an eminently sensible idea though - I really dislike the disconnected feeling of being stuck on a tube with no easy contact to the outside world...

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    While I'd love to approve of this in principle, in practice the only quite work days I get are the ones where I'm packed off to London, because I can always claim I missed any calls while I was on the tube! What excuse am I going to use now!?

    All in all an eminently sensible idea though - I really dislike the disconnected feeling of being stuck on a tube with no easy contact to the outside world...
    Battery died? Dog ate your phone? Poor signal area? Forgot to turn it on? Got mugged?

    Come on, scary, be a bit inventive.

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Great!

    As if sitting (pfft, if you're lucky) next to someone who smells like a tramp's bumcrack isn't bad enough, I get to listen to their conversation about how they beat "Jonesy at squash last arvo, yah" and how their "latest portfolio isn't doing so well, yah".
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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    remote controlled bombs anyone? The terrorists wouldn't have to carry their rucksacks on the tube this way.

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Quote Originally Posted by blueball View Post
    remote controlled bombs anyone? The terrorists wouldn't have to carry their rucksacks on the tube this way.
    Yes they would, someone has to carry them on

    Anyway, if you are going to obsess about that kind of thing, well, you may as well just end it all now.

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Yes they would, someone has to carry them on
    Nah, they can attach them to the back of a remote control car

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Nah, they can attach them to the back of a remote control car
    That's an idea. Just tape the oyster card to a flag on top and away you go

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    That's an idea. Just tape the oyster card to a flag on top and away you go
    Exactly, you can see clearly where I am coming from now

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    Re: News - Boris determined to have mobiles on the tube

    Hell, I'd be happy to have decent mobile coverage *above* ground at this stage. Dropouts between York and Leeds are horrible.

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