NYC's new Wi-Fi hotspots are payphone booths of the future

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NYC's New Wi-Fi Hotspots Are Payphone Booths of the Future

NEW YORK -- Call them the payphone booths of the future.

LinkNYC are nine-foot-tall towers being used as hotspots offering free Wi-Fi, the fastest in the world at one gigabit. It's 100 times faster than most public Wi-Fi.

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The city is testing 14 of these hotspots along Third Avenue.

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NYC's new Wi-Fi hotspots are payphone booths of the future
EAST 16TH STREET AT THIRD AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY, UNSPECIFIED - 2016/02/18: Mayor de Blasio speaks at the press conference next to the first of the kiosks in its beta form. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the LinkNYC public WiFi and communications network that will be implemented throughout New York City with the unveiling of the first of 7500 terminal kiosks on Third Avenue at East 16th Street; and responded to questions from members of the press regarding the data that will be collected by the system, privacy concerns, and the potential use of the kiosks as surveillance devices. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/18: Mayor de Blasio compares his flip cell phone to the new Link technology as he announces the public launch of LINKNYC program, the largest and fastest free municipal WIFI network in the world. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
EAST 16TH STREET AT THIRD AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY, UNSPECIFIED - 2016/02/18: Mayor de Blasio gives gives a 'thumbs up' after speaking with a 311 operator during a test of the system before the press conference. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the LinkNYC public WiFi and communications network that will be implemented throughout New York City with the unveiling of the first of 7500 terminal kiosks on Third Avenue at East 16th Street; and responded to questions from members of the press regarding the data that will be collected by the system, privacy concerns, and the potential use of the kiosks as surveillance devices. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/18: Mayor de Blasio gives the thumbs up to his flip cell phone in comparison to the new LinkNYC technology. Mayor de Blasio announces public launch of LINKNYC program, the largest and fastest free municipal WIFI network in the world. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/18: Mayor de Blasio announces public launch of LINKNYC program, the largest and fastest free municipal WIFI network in the world. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, a man walks near a covered wireless kiosk at an intersection in New York. The 9-foot-tall, narrow structure installed this past week on a Manhattan sidewalk is signaling a plan to turn payphones into what's billed as the world's biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network. The first of at least 7,500 planned hot spots are due to go online early next year, promising superfast and free Wi-Fi service, new street phones with free calling, ports to charge personal phones and a no-cost windfall for the city. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, people walk near a covered wireless kiosk at an intersection in New York. The 9-foot-tall, narrow structure installed this past week on a Manhattan sidewalk is signaling a plan to turn payphones into what's billed as the world's biggest and fastest municipal Wi-Fi network. The first of at least 7,500 planned hot spots are due to go online early next year, promising superfast and free Wi-Fi service, new street phones with free calling, ports to charge personal phones and a no-cost windfall for the city. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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There will be 500 hotspots across the city by July and 7,500 across the five boroughs by 2025.

Android tablets at each kiosk allow you to access maps, a web browser and 311.

You will also be able to make domestic calls and charge your phone by 10 percent in two minutes -- and it could actually save you money on your cellphone bill.

For more information visit the project's website.

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