NYC Payphones to Make Way for Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

July 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

New York City could soon be saying bye to the good old payphones. The city authorities have announced that they are planning to run a pilot program in which these payphones will be changed into Wi-Fi hotspots where people can enjoy unlimited free internet surfing.

According to the official announcement, authorities will try the feasibility of the initiative by putting up these Wi-Fi hotspots in 10 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. They hope they can add more locations to the list in the coming months.

Payphones in the New York City has turned out to be actual relic pieces and a thing from the past.

According to certain estimates made by private news organizations, the city has more than 13,000 payphones in its cityscape. However, 40 percent to 60 percent of them are out of service.

Moreover, they have turned out to be places which prompt public urination and exchange of weed.

According to reports, the new Wi-Fi facility will offer wireless internet service up to the range of 300 feet with the help of military grade antennas.

The antennas are being installed by Van Wagner Communications which owns the payphones in NYC.

Though the gear costs $2000 in the market, the company is installing them in public places for free.

At present, there are no plans to put ads in the service, which may change in future.

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