pay phones

Technology, Urban Design

LinkNYC, CityBridge, NYC pay phone, pay phone of the future

Remember the good old days of frantically running around looking for a pay phone and then realizing you were out of change and had to make a collect call? Well, that’s soon to be nothing more than a distant memory, as New York City is turning its remaining pay phone booths into forward-looking tech hubs that include free 24-hour WiFi, free domestic calls, charging stations, and touch screens with access to city services and directions. Officially dubbed LinkNYC, they’ll also be able to connect people with emergency responders and broadcast city alerts during emergencies like Hurricane Sandy.

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