Verizon Wireless may lay claim to the nation's "largest 4G LTE network" above ground, but until today that network has been relatively useless in New York City's subway system. Thankfully Verizon is finally joining rival carriers AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile by signing a deal with Transit Wireless that will bring 3G and LTE voice / data to 36 subway stations later this year. The stations are already up and running for the other wireless providers, so it's just a matter of Verizon installing the necessary hardware. The company plans to do so over the next few weeks, and subway dwellers in midtown Manhattan and Chelsea can expect to see service go live before year's end.

"We have now secured partnerships with all four major wireless carriers to bring the vast majority of New Yorkers, visitors, government agency personnel, transit employees, contractors and first responders the ability to be connected in the stations we've constructed – a real milestone," said Transit Wireless CEO William Bayne Jr. Verizon Wireless is also on board for "phase two" of Transit's ambitious underground coverage initiative. That will see 40 new stations (including Grand Central, 34th St. Herald Square and Bryant Park) added sometime in early 2014.