It is finally happening! Following Bloomberg’s statement in the first months of 2015, the local authorities have decided that it’s high time New York had its own Wi-Fi booths. NYC’s authorities will replace pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks, in order to facilitate the citizen’s access to the free high-speed internet.
So, what’s up with these new phone booths? Well, imagine the following scenario: one day, you get up from bed late and you see that you have a meeting scheduled for later in the afternoon. Naturally you would dash out of the house like a hurricane in order to make certain preparations.
But in the heat of the moment, you totally forgot to charge your smartphone. And if the thing won’t bad enough, it’s about to get a lot worse. Having low battery, you’ll soon discover that you also have to forward an important email to someone.
With no mobile data available, it would really swell if you can find a wi-fi hotspot on the way in order to get things done. This is where the wi-fi kiosk comes in. The complex devices, who are produced and installed by LinkNYC, are designed to accommodate any internet-related needs.
Need a quick-charge? No problem! Just take out your power cable and plug it into the device. And if you feel the need to stay a while until your phone is back on its feet, then you can always surf the web using the kiosk’s incorporate Wi-Fi hotspot.
Also, it would seem that the wi-fi booths will provide the user with high internet speed, meaning that you won’t have to wait around an eternity in order to open your mail or change your profile picture.
Moreover, the booths also feature some other interesting services. For example, you can use the wi-fi booth in order to place a free voice-call. The developers even managed to throw in a headphone jack, in order to be able to ensure the user’s privacy.
Among other cool features coming soon to the wi-fi booth are the video calls. As we understood, this part of the project is still under a lot of beta testing. But until this is done, you can always connect your device to the booth and initiate a video call via skype or any other application.
According to Bloomberg’s plan, the local authorities have in mind to replace all the old phone booths with high-tech wi-fi kiosks. And it would seem that they have a lot of work to do, because the plan features the replacement of over 7500 payphone booths.