These low-tech urban artifacts could become new Wi-Fi wonders.
While turning eyesore payphones into useful hotspots is new and exciting, transforming archaic structures into modern entities with new benefits is a trend that has been growing in the recent past. This new directive is another step to flip outdated infrastructure into valuable tools that serve city constituents on the go.
The introduction of the mobile phone has made payphone usage nearly obsolete, and as our own survey results suggest, smartphones are one of the most coveted personal property items – especially to younger generations. Couple the popularity of mobile devices with people connecting via internet platforms and email; it’s no surprise to us that NYC would look to transform the current payphone infrastructure to provide more people, in more places, access to free Wi-Fi. And what if you need to drop a quarter for a quick call? Here’s hoping your fellow urbanites are kind enough to share their phones in a pickle.