Payphones in New York City have largely been made obsolete by the fact that almost everybody’s got a cellphone for staying in touch on-the-go. Luckily for the long-forgotten phones that still dot the city’s streets, they’re about to get a twenty-first-century upgrade.
New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications introduced on Wednesday the city’s first payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots. They’re free of charge for any nearby New Yorker (or visitor) to use for connecting his smartphone, tablet or laptop to the Internet. Internet services are being provided in cooperation with Van Wagner and Titan.
So far, 10 payphones spread across Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn have become Wi-Fi-equipped as part of a pilot program. Other Wi-Fi payphones are being planned for The Bronx and Staten Island. In total, New York City has 12,360 payphones that could become hotspots.
See the article by Mashable