If you walk around New York City today, you might notice distraught cell phone users waving their phones in the air looking for connection to their network. Thanks to a project proposed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2012, getting access to the internet won’t be so hard in New York City. New York City currently has about 73,000 phone booths and in order to make these obsolete phone booths useful, Google and other companies have decided to work together in order to make these out dated phone booths Wi-Fi hotspots. Now, instead of waving your phone in the air looking for a connection, you can just connect to your nearest hotspot and enjoy your fast internet access.
New York City has been seeking to find alternative ways to use their numerous phone booths around the city ever since the phone booths around the city started to become obsolete. Cell phones have become increasingly common and it seems like everyone has a tiny phone in their hands which makes a huge structure which you have to pay $0.50 for almost useless. In the past month, NYC directors met with over 60 companies like Google, Samsung, and Verizon in order to find alternative ways to use their phone booths. When you use a phone booth, you usually play a minimal fee in order to make a call and these phone booths are run by phone companies who charge the city a contract in order to continue giving all the phone booths service. The contract for these phone booths are expiring for this year and it doesn’t seem like NYC is willing to renew this contract once more.
It seems like the phone booths that have been in service in New York City for decades will finally become just another memory in New York City’s legacy. The phone booths that were icons and featured in popular media for years will now have to be retired forever and turned into hotspots in order to adapt to the rapidly changing city. It looks like the era of the phone booth has come to an end but the era of mobile internet is just beginning.