Here in New York, 277 subway stations are reportedly being wired for cell-phone service. Nearly a year and a half ago, the Metropolitan Transit Authority announced a plan to allow a company called Transit Wireless to pay upwards of $200 million to wire the train stations (not the tunnels, just the stations).

It is also supposed to chip in another $46 million or so, over the following decade, to New York City Transit.

Transit Wireless and its parent company Dianet Communications are the people who run a mobile paging system throughout the Northeast Corridor. The company also is responsible for wiring a number of airports as well as many large buildings including 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Palisades Center Mall and the Essex County Jail.

Straphangers will supposedly have to sign up -- and of course pay -- for the right to use the new service. That would be in addition to their above-ground monthly fees. No word currently how the rollout is progressing. It's supposed to take a decade or so to complete the wiring.

But in London, a similar plan isn't going so well. According to Cellular News, Britain's capital underground railway network, which was supposed to be cellular-friendly by the end of 2008, has decided to delay implementations of mobile-phone coverage. Officials there cite a lack of "credible proposals" from potential suppliers.


Sweden-based equipment vendor Ericsson ( ERIC) has announced a deal to take over management of Sprint Nextel's ( S) mobile networks in the U.S., according to a Swedish business newspaper.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet.com's senior technology correspondent.