New York City Launches Program to Provide Free Wi-Fi at Pay Phones

New York City launches free pay phone wi-fi

Yesterday New York City launched a pilot program to add free Wi-Fi hotspots to public pay phone kiosks. Ten phone booths are currently wi-fi enabled in locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens (see the list below). The antennas have a range of 100-200 feet. The city plans to expand the program to more locations, including the Bronx and Staten Island, in the coming months. There are currently 12,360 public pay phones in New York City.

Brooklyn Heights-Cobble Hill: 545 Albee Square and 2 Smith Street

Astoria: 30-94 Steinway Street

SoHo: 402 West Broadway
Fur-Flower District: 458 Seventh Avenue
Theater District-Clinton: 28 West 48th Street
Grand Central-United Nations: 410 Madison Avenue
Midtown-Clinton: 1609 Broadway and 1790 Broadway
Upper West Side: 230 West 95th Street

via GigaOM

photo by Rachel Sterne