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Evolving pay phones into Wi-Fi spots

Pay phones have long been facing an inevitable identity crisis. With everyone carrying phones in their pockets, what use are they? As of 2015, in New York, they’ll be turned into thousands of internet connected hotspots offering a range of local services.

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