Free Wi-Fi and Phone Kiosks Launched for Upper East Side with Council Member Kallos and Manhattan Borough President BrewerSubmitted by josh jamieson on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 9:57am
New York, NY – Payphones on the Upper East Side are getting their first upgrade since 1898 with the launch of free Wi-Fi and phone kiosks from LinkNYC featuring Council Member Ben Kallos, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT).
“Payphones are now ‘freephones’ in New York City with free Wi-Fi and tablets to surf the web,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, a software developer and advocate for Universal Broadband. “Upper East Siders won’t have to worry about dead batteries or going over your monthly data as they use LinkNYC for free.”
The Upper East Side has already had 38 LinkNYC kiosks installed along Third Avenue with 303 former phone booth locations available for expansion. Today, Council Member Kallos used the LinkNYC kiosk for free Wi-Fi, to call his district office, browse NYC.gov, and charge his phone.
By this summer, there will be more than 500 Links in all five boroughs. LinkNYC kiosks are powered by a gigabit fiber optic network at least 100 times faster than any other public Wi-Fi and are able to support hundreds of simultaneous Wi-Fi users. At least 7,500 kiosks will be installed in the coming years across the city to bring free public Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers and visitors. LinkNYC kiosk locations will users to access free:
- Internet via built-in tablet
- Phone calls anywhere in the United States
- 911 call button
- Power charging for personal devices via USB