Tokyo Metro Co. to make mobile phone service across all nine subway lines

Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd has today announced on its website that it has joined forces with the four main mobile phone carriers in Tokyo to provide mobile phone signal to travellers on its subway services.

As of noon, this Thursday 21st March, passengers will be able to receive mobile phone signal on all nine lines of the Tokyo Metro service. Whilst mobile phone service has been partially available on some subway lines since last year, this was not a comprehensive service, and whilst reception has improved steadily, signal on the Ginza and Marunouchi lines remained unreliable due to ongoing construction work.

This collaboration, between the Tokyo Metro Co, NTT Docomo, KDDI, Softbank and eAccess will certainly extend the range in which mobile phone signal can be received, although service will be unavailable to passengers between Kotake-mukaihara and Senkawa stations on the Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines, due to construction work on a base station which has been postponed until 2016.

Likewise, suppliers warned that passengers may experience poor or interrupted mobile phone service depending on the type of electromagnetic wave their mobile phone uses for data transfer.

Whilst this announcement may represent good news for bored commuters with idle thumbs, the extension of mobile phone services on the Tokyo subway does not mean that the passenger code of conduct has changed, and indeed, the subway’s policy of keeping calls to a minimum and limiting mobile phone use to texts and internet use remains firmly in place.

 

Sources include The Japan Times, Japan Today

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