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Google To Turn NYC Payphones Into WiFi Hotspots
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Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 1:16:37 PM
Cable companies howling?
What's been the reaction from incumbent cable providers? I imagine that such a proposal in the Boston area would send Comcast and Verizon into damage control mode, complete with pending legislation to shut the project down.

Also, who knew there were still so many pay phones in NY?
Shane M. O'Neill
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7/21/2014 | 4:58:30 PM
Re: Cable companies howling?
I, too, was shocked to hear there are that many pay phones in NYC. I figured there'd be about 30. If this plan shakes out, that's a lot of WiFi coverage, thus reducing the need for cellular in America's biggest city. I assume Verizon and AT&T will try to prevent it. They depend on customers going over their 2GB a month data plans!
Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 5:02:17 PM
Re: Cable companies howling?
Actually, given the pitiful state of the spectrum auction, carriers may be just as glad to let offload happen. Crappy 4G in NYC isn't exactly a great sales tool.
stotheco
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7/22/2014 | 2:07:53 PM
Re: Cable companies howling?
The mobile internet providers won't be happy, but the people will be. I, for one, will not be complaining. I think this is a great thing, specially for connectivity.
anon8893269626
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7/21/2014 | 2:01:08 PM
Free WIFI
This might be a reason to move to NYC. Google is more than interested in bringing interent to people they have been working on several different programs that would bring WIFI around the globe. Will keep an eye out for who might win this payphone endevor. 

Sincerely,

Misty

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zaious
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7/21/2014 | 3:41:38 PM
A good use
This is goign to be a good use of resources (land space). This is an example of how a nice transition to newer technologies can make lives better.
ChrisMurphy
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7/21/2014 | 4:43:20 PM
Re: A good use
I saw an actual phone booth -- Superman style, with the sliding door and all -- last week, and it struck me at how rare such booths are and how ubiquitous they used to be. This one didn't have a phone in, it was just the booth.  
Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 4:50:45 PM
Re: A good use
So, was it just for nostalgia purposes? Or, in case a local superhero needed a changing area?
ChrisMurphy
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7/21/2014 | 4:55:14 PM
Re: A good use
Its purpose wasn't entirely clear. We were a long, long way from Metropolis, so it might just have been abandoned.
stotheco
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7/22/2014 | 2:06:22 PM
Re: A good use
True, Zaious. It's a smart way to turn something that's otherwise not as useful into something more relevant for the people in the area.
Laurianne
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7/21/2014 | 4:30:15 PM
Google pay phone plan
I wonder what kind of data Google wins from this arrangement.
Thomas Claburn
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7/21/2014 | 4:54:47 PM
Re: Googel pay phone plan
>I wonder what kind of data Google wins from this arrangement.

To say nothing of the NSA. 
stotheco
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7/22/2014 | 2:09:14 PM
Re: Googel pay phone plan
Ahhh, yes, of course. The NSA connection. So much data, so much to sift through, all in the name of national security.
Jeff Jerome
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7/31/2014 | 11:40:46 PM
Re: Googel pay phone plan
Goggle enabled the whole city of Mountain View I wonder if NYC and the NSA feel a little cheated?
impactnow
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7/22/2014 | 2:03:35 PM
Security and Convenience should go hand in hand

I think it's a great use for the now unsightly and ill kept pay phone areas throughout the city. They are abandoned relics of the past that are eyesores. The question I have about the Wi-Fi plan is security, hopefully someone is putting some thought into the security infrastructure behind the initiative.

stotheco
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7/22/2014 | 2:08:44 PM
Re: Security and Convenience should go hand in hand
Definitely. I suppose for years, people have been thinking what on earth was to become of these payphones. Now that it's been announced, the reception has been generally positive, I believe.
SachinEE
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7/29/2014 | 9:08:25 AM
Re: A good use
I believe that it is a good thing that they are thinking of using the payphones in New York City and using them to generate wireless data. There have been many payphones that are no longer being used. I believe it is a good way of recycling the payphones for better use in the eventual long run. There is nothing wrong with having Wi-Fi hotspots. It actually basically means that the internet connection in New York City will be boosted. I believe that the Wi-Fi hotspots are actually a good deal.


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