REVIVING A RELIC
New York City came up with an exciting idea to give new life to the old telephone booth – turn them into Wi-Fi hotspots.
NYC's 6,500-odd pay phones will be replaced with more than 10,000 new-age kiosks that will provide free gigabit Wi-Fi with a range of 150 feet, free calls to anywhere in the country, touchscreen displays with direct access to city services, maps and directions for tourists, and charging stations. The roll-out has been planned with a consortium of advertising, technology and telecom companies and the first machines are set to appear by the end of 2015. A huge portion of the revenue is expected to come from advertising on the large digital screens on either side of the machines and will deliver highly localised ads and offers.