NYC To Replace Pay Phones With Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots

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When was the last time you used a pay phone? Well, when was the last time you saw anyone use a pay phone? Pay phones have become useless ever since the rise of cell phones and all that people want is free Wi-Fi.

Which is why New York City will replace thousands of pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks starting this month.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the free hot spots will "sit atop a 9.5-foot tall box with electronic screens on each side to display advertising." An Andriod tablet will be featured with the kiosk which can be used for making calls and using the Internet.

This initiative, called LinkNYC, is funded by CityBridge, a merger between tech companies Qualcomm Inc., CIVIQ Smartscapes and Intersection, and Alphabet Inc. NYC plans to install 500 hot spots by July, replacing 7,500 pay phones.

With broadband speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, users can spend less money on wireless data services. “This is creating all kinds of competition,” said Colin O’Donnell, CityBridge’s chief technology officer. “This is going to set a new standard for speed, drive pricing competition, and set new expectations for data caps."

Hopefully CityBridge will bring this project to other cities.