MetroPCS continues Hoboken expansion

8/4/2010 Update:

Another tower installed at 5th and Adams

Cell phone coverage for MetroPCS customers in Hoboken is about to improve.

A new cell tower was installed at 5th and Adams Streets recently, fortifying the cell company’s signal strength and capacity in the Mile Square. However, I’ve heard quite a bit of grumbling from area residents who are concerned with this, and several other towers being installed throughout the city – including a Verizon tower at 333 River Street – in direct line to the Marineview Plaza towers. Some are concerned with microwave radiation. But according to cell company representatives – there is nothing to worry about, otherwise they wouldn’t have been approved by the Hoboken municipal boards.

Maybe it’s the economy that’s driving the expansion – because Metro PCS has one of the most affordable plans out there: Just $40 a month for unlimited domestic calls, text and web surfing. While Metro PCS doesn’t carry Droid or iPhone devices – they do have a Blackberry Curve (but costs $60 for unlimited everything – including international calls amongst many other inclusions).

Here’s what Metro PCS has to say about themselves:

“MetroPCS is making it even easier for all consumers to enjoy nationwide wireless services. We offer Wireless for AllSM — unbeatable national rate plans for unlimited talk, text and web, with all-in pricing, additional taxes and regulatory fees included, no contracts, and no hidden surprises.
Predictability

Say goodbye to hidden surprises on your phone bill. With MetroPCS, what you see is what you pay. Your monthly bill never changes because costs from state and local taxes and regulatory fees are already included. Some think predictability is boring; we say it’s just good common sense.
Flexibility

MetroPCS is America’s leader in no-contract wireless service, providing not just great wireless service, but complete freedom and convenience to go along with it. No matter what your mobile lifestyle is, MetroPCS has you covered. Pick from our growing portfolio of affordable smartphones, messaging devices and feature phones, then add on the features you need — GPS turn-by-turn navigation, music, social networking (Loopt, Facebook), unlimited interactive directory assistance, international text messaging, unlimited calling to Mexico and select other destinations around the world. You’ve also got options for paying your bill, in-store, online, at a kiosk or by phone. You choose.”

Anyone use MetroPCS – If so, how do you like the service?

See another Metro PCS tower install from 2009 – after the jump

Cell antenna at 8th & Adams

1/26/2009:

Hoboken411 reader Chris was wondering about this certified letter he got about a building variance proposed at the self-storage facility on 8th and Adams.

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What are they gonna do?

“I received a certified letter on Saturday, and upon reading it was confused as to what it means.

Obviously they’ll be a public hearing that I can attend on Feb 3rd and the letter states that the application forms and plans are available to the public at the office of the Planning Board at City Hall, but I was wondering if anyone in the 411 community knows anything about it.

Seems at though 410 8th Street , which looks to be the Public Storage Building, has applied to the Planning Board for approval to construct a wireless communications facility on the roof of the property (a variance for the height of the antennas and GPS exceeding the roof by 8 feet and a front yard setback variance of .25′ rather than 5′.)

Just thought maybe someone could shed some light on this?”

FYI – Verizon Wireless was also on the planning board agenda back in July of 2008.

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20 Comments on "MetroPCS continues Hoboken expansion"

OfficerGinty
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OfficerGinty

Like I said in a past post, Zimmer is the ultimate HYPOCRITE. Your handing out political job after political job at the expense of Hoboken taxpayers. If you want to throw the word EFFICIENCY around, lets start with City Hall.

Lets have an audit of city hall and see how much waste we can get rid of. Lets reveal all the NO SHOW or LIGHTLY SHOW jobs that you handed out or still exist from the last incompetent mayor. The truth of the matter is when it comes to wasteful spending of tax dollars, the biggest culprit is the political and incompetent Zimmer administration.

The bottom line is this. ZIMMER IS WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF EACH AND EVERY HOBOKEN RESIDENT BY LAYING OFF COPS SO THAT SHE COULD USE THE SAVINGS TO PAY OFF HER POLITICAL FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND CRONIES.

Look in the mirror Mayor Zimmer. Your no different than the corrupt bums that have been running this town for years. Please go back to Vermont so that we could save our wonderful city.

bradykp
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bradykp

interesting stuff. I’ve never had any signal issues in any part of Hoboken. not sure why we’d need another tower. but who knows – maybe it’s worth it.

TACOMA
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TACOMA

[quote comment=”131205″][quote comment=”130954″]I live on Adams between 7th and 8th (less than half a block away) and didn’t get a letter. Chris where do you live that they notified you? Can you provide more details about the meeting?[/quote]
It seems as though you’re close enough to require a notification. I’m on 9th@Adams. The letter states that you can examine the application and plans at the office of the Planning Board at City Hall. There’s a public hearing on February 3rd @ 7p at City Hall.[/quote]
last year i got the same letter notifying us that they were going to put up cell towers on the applied buildings on willow and 12th.The planning board already made up there mind when it comes cell antennas.They will allow because they know that they will get sued by the cell phone companies.We must of had at least 50 people from our neighborhood complain.Applied had multiple antennas on top of there buildings and the planning board had no information on the output level of these antennas.Peter Cammarano the great ranted on about how he takes interest in cell phone towers and that he reads magazines about cell phones.He is considered a expert in his own eyes.After listening to sprint pcs experts, attorneys and the planning board it was a big waist of time.We left under protest.As for Cammarano he lost 50 votes that night everybody commented on how arrogant he was.

chris
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[quote comment=”130954″]I live on Adams between 7th and 8th (less than half a block away) and didn’t get a letter. Chris where do you live that they notified you? Can you provide more details about the meeting?[/quote]
It seems as though you’re close enough to require a notification. I’m on 9th@Adams. The letter states that you can examine the application and plans at the office of the Planning Board at City Hall. There’s a public hearing on February 3rd @ 7p at City Hall.

homeworld
Member

Typical MetroPCS antenna elevation drawing:

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The difference at 8th and Adams is that it will be 2′ shorter, and only .25′ from the edge of the roof.

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