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January 4, 2016 AT 1:00 pm

NY payphones become Wi-Fi hot spots


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Turning wasted payphone into hotspots in NYC. via phys.org

A 9-foot-tall, narrow structure installed this past week on a Manhattan sidewalk is signaling a plan to turn payphones into what’s billed as the world’s biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network.

The first of at least 7,500 planned hot spots are due to go online early next year, promising superfast and free Wi-Fi service, new street phones with free calling, ports to charge personal phones and a no-cost windfall for the city.

With some cities nationwide making renewed pushes for public Wi-Fi after an earlier wave of enthusiasm faded, New York officials say their project is democratizing data access while modernizing outmoded street phones.

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  1. When finally unveiled, the structure will be a matte black rectangular solid with a footprint of 4 feet by 1 foot. Exposure to sunlight will cause it to emit a loud tone on all radio frequencies, aimed at Jupiter.

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