The payphone, once an iconic part of cities like London and New York, have gone into a steady decline with the introduction and adaptation of cell phones. The City of New York however has unveiled their ambitious plans to implement smart pay phones.
The phones, complete with digital advertising, hope to offer services like free domestic calls, giga-bite WiFi, and a touch screen. The touch screen in particular will be of great aid to tourists and will provide information like subway maps and other city services.
How will such an ambitious project be payed for? The city hopes that the sale of advertising will help pay for what would become one of the largest free public WiFi networks.
While time will tell of the project reaches fruition, New York City’s ambitious plans mark it as one of the first major US cities looking to implement smart objects on a large scale.