Thursday, July 12, 2012

Payphones turning into free WI-FI Hotspots in New York


New York. The city is testing a Pilot Program  in which it installs free Wi-Fi on select payphone kiosks.

The hotspots are initially coming to ten payphones in three of the boroughs and will be open to the public to access for free. You can see a list of sites here. Users just agree to the terms, visit the city’s tourism website and then they’re up and running. Currently, there are no ads on the service, but there could be in the future.

The payphones have been outfitted with “military grade” antennas, that provide service up to 300 feet away. The plan is to eventually spread the Wi-Fi hotspots to more of the city’s 13,000 payphones.  

Anyone with a  WIFI as WAN device like the CradlePoint Routes or the PepWave Surf Mini can now have more choices on connecting to the internet for free.