NYC Starts Converting Old Pay Phones Into Wi-Fi Kiosks

7,500 pay phones will be converted to Wi-Fi kiosks

NYC has started converting old pay phones into Wi-Fi kiosks.

pay-phones-wi-fi-nycThe plan is for there to be 500 Wi-Fi kiosks across NYC that will provide gigabit internet to citizens in the city by mid-July of 2016. When it’s all said and done, there should be 7,500 kiosks across the city that were once pay phones, reports The Verge.

The first pay phone that is being converted into a Wi-Fi kiosk in NYC is located at 15th St and 3rd Avenue near a Starbucks (SBUX) location. The plan to provide Wi-Fi was announced in 2014 and construction was set to start in 2015, The Verge notes.

Each of the Wi-Fi kiosks made from old pay phones in NYC will feature spaces for advertising. This will pay for the kiosks and is expected to bring $500 million in revenue to the city over a 12 year period, reports SlashGear.

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