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Google may bring Wi-Fi to New York City pay phones

Stephen Lawson | July 22, 2014
Google may be among the hopefuls vying to turn the New York City phone booths of the past into "communication points" of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging.

The pay phones no longer belong to Verizon Communications, the local wireline phone company, but are currently owned and operated by 10 companies with franchise agreements with the city. Those agreements expire in October. The phones, often forgotten in the cellular age, returned to the spotlight in 2012 when they served as lifelines after cellular and other networks were damaged by Hurricane Sandy.


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