Payphones are Back

Thanks to cell phones, payphones are pretty much a thing of the past. But that could change, as payphones stand to have a resurgence in New York City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is heading an initiative to revamp the city’s 11,000 existing payphones, which come in handy in emergencies- something residents learned during Hurricane Sandy. While stormy weather can knock out cell phone signals, payphone networks are protected beneath pavement, making them more reliable in certain situations. Another program seeks to turn old phone kiosks into wireless internet hotspots. Start saving your quarters.

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