wifi or not to wifi



is there anywhere
 as starkly cold
 as a subway station
 in the early morning

 i think not

 people come to wait
 insulated
 introverted
 many
 spend the few minute wait
 eye glued
 to their mobile phones
 no matter
 if
you are a crackberry
 or
iphone user
 checking email
oogling instagram
 or
 even
 playing a game
 while waiting

 the other morning
 as i walked down the stairs
 into the subway
 a new sign
 caught my eye
 WiFi
 it proclaimed
 this station
 has wifi

 to reaffirm this
 there are signs
 taped to the pillars
 proclaiming
 wifi

 indeed there is
 boingo is providing wifi service on the 79th street subway platform 
if you are unfamiliar with boingo
 i can tell you
 it costs $7something a month
 if
 you can find a boingo hot spot

i signed up for a free month's trial of boingo a year or so ago
 to use while travelling
however
 i quickly discovered
 that even if i was in a boingo hot spot
 chances are
 it didnt work
before the month was up
 i decided not to go for a contract

 i now have an iphone 5 with 4g lte connectivity 
i dont need to have wifi
 in order to get online
 to check email or instagram
 or even pop onto the web
 for some on the spot fact find
 on the street
 in a cab
 or 
bus

 my subway commute
 takes me a quick 10 minutes
 that includes
 the wait time on the platform 

i cant imagine 
why anyone waiting for a subway train would need wifi 
even the worst case scenario of waiting 12 minutes
 - just this morning 
as i hopped into the subway car
 i looked at the 'clock'
 which advises how long til the next train arrives
 and saw it was 12 minutes - 
i cant imagine 
needing to connect 
via wifi 
especially boingo's not so reliable hot spot connectivity

 so
 answer me this

  if you worked in nyc, rode the subway would you need to access wifi while you waited? 
yes?
what would you be doing?

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