One of the biggest consumer gripes about smartphones is inadequate battery life. Between reading emails, watching videos, texting, playing games and making the occasional phone call, smartphone batteries can drain quickly during the course of a day.
In a bid to provide some support for smartphone users confronted by “low battery” warnings, the nation’s largest city is partnering with AT&T (T) to deploy mobile device charging stations. Twenty-five solar-powered Street Charge stations will appear in New York City parks during the summer and will remain in place at least until September, offering New Yorkers a place to recharge their devices for free, the Associated Press notes.
The cost of the stations, which can charge six devices simultaneously, will be picked up by AT&T. If the concept proves popular, the stations could be left in place beyond the summer.
The first Street Charge station was installed at Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park this week.
Earlier this month, AT&T announced that it is extending the time subscribers will have to wait before receiving a subsidized smartphone upgrade from 20 to 24 months.
Shares of AT&T fell almost 1% in Wednesday morning trading.