City Debuts Free Wi-Fi at Payphone Kiosks

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown.

By Paul Bisceglio


Photo by NYCDoITT, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

New York City’s deteriorating got a new lease on life Wednesday when the city announced a partnership with that provides free access to the public at 10 payphone kiosks in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Each kiosk has been equipped with a wireless router whose signal extends up to 200 feet. The service requires no password, has no bandwidth limits and is available 24 hours a day. If you still carry quarters in your pocket instead of a smart phone, never fear: the payphones still work, too.

The city’s chief digital officer told the New York times that more public is one of New Yorkers’ “most frequent requests.” The city already has created hotspots at libraries, some parks and even subway stations, and the new payphone initiative, if successful, could result in wireless at each city’s 12,360 payphone kiosks.

, commissioner of the city’s Department of Information Technology, said to the Times, “As we begin assessing the future of the pay phone in New York City, this pilot should help us gauge public interest in some of the amenities the next generation of devices might offer.”

Try out the Wi-Fi for yourself at the following locations:

402 West Broadway
458 Seventh Avenue
410 Madison Avenue
1609 Broadway
1790 Broadway
230 West 95th Street

545 Albee Square
2 Smith Street

30-94 Steinway Street


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