It matches the old and the new in New York City, as the city phased out its last pay phones on Monday.
The removal of the payphone, located on 745 7th Avenue, signals the official end of what was once one of the city’s most iconic street icons. Public telephones could be found throughout the city decades ago, but the proliferation of cell phones has rendered them obsolete.
With public pay phone use declining, officials began removing them from the city in 2015 after CityBridge was selected by state officials to replace payphones with LinkNYC, which provides Free high-speed Wi-Fi for those near its kiosks. like free phone calls and a charging station for mobile devices.
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Besides the kiosks also serving as digital billboards for PSA, arts and other city services, LinkNYC says it has now grown into a major free public Wi-Fi network. and fastest, has facilitated more than 3 billion Wi-Fi sessions for more than 10 million subscribers. The kiosks will also soon cover the city with 5G.
A map on its website shows that there are 1,860 kiosks spread across the city.
“As a native New Yorker, saying goodbye to that last pay phone on the street was bittersweet because of the prominent place they have held in the city’s physical scene in the past. decades,” Matthew Fraser, Commissioner for the Office of Technology and Innovation, said in a “Just as we transition from horses and cars to cars and from cars to airplanes, technological developments Digital has evolved from cell phones to high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks to meet our rapidly changing daily communication needs.”
While the pay phone will eventually go out of use, it won’t be forgotten. It will be installed at the Museum of the City of New York near the east side of Central Park in the “Analog City” exhibit, which will look back at the city before the technology evolved.
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