NYC Makes Old Payphones Into HotSpots

wifiphone boothWhen is the last time you used a pay phone? I know, right? The saturation of cell phones among the general citizenry has made the traditional pay phone a solution we no longer need. New York City has come up with a brilliant idea for converting these now old fashioned phone booths into wifi hotspots.  Although they have just started this pilot program, there are over 12,00o pay phones that could be converted. So far these are free open access points with no advertising or promotion. The program is being hailed as a great step forward in providing greater Internet access to the citizens of New York. I just think it’s a great way to take existing infrastructure that was going to sit there as an eyesore and turn it into something very useful for nearly everyone.