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New York Replaces Phone Booths With ‘Smart’ WiFi Touchscreens
By Anthea Quay, 10 Apr 2012
New York City won’t just be upgrading its taxis, but also its payphones with touchscreens.
The Big Apple has partnered the company City 24x7 to replace 250 of the city’s payphones—that are left obsolete, thanks to the mobile phone revolution—with 32-inch touchscreens, according to the New York Post.
The large touchscreens—dubbed ‘smart screens’—will give its users relevant information about local neighborhoods and city information, and allow them to make calls and access the internet.
With the smart screens, users can: find nearby restaurants, local store sales, traffic updates and safety alerts; access their emails; make calls through Skype; and file complaints or request city information.
According to New York Post, the smart-payphones-of-tomorrow will even act as WiFi hotspots.
If all goes well, the city might even replace all 12,500 payphones with these smart touchscreen booths.
[via Digital Trends]
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