New York City removes the last payphone from service

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  • New York City removed the last public payphone on Monday.
  • The city is setting up LinkNYC kiosks, which provide services such as free phone calls, Wi-Fi and device charging.

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It’s the end of an era: New York City dropped its last public phone call on Monday.

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Boxy enclosures were once an iconic symbol throughout the city. But the rise of cell phones made booths obsolete.

Efforts to replace the citywide public pay telephone began in 2014 when the de Blasio administration sought proposals to re-imagine the offer, the city’s Office of Technology and Innovation said in a press release.

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Officials selected CityBridge to develop and operate LinkNYC kiosks, which provide services such as free phone calls, Wi-Fi and device charging. The city began removing street payphones in 2015 to replace them with LinkNYC kiosks.

According to one, there are around 2,000 kiosks across the city LinkNYC. map from,

“Just as we transitioned from horse and buggy to automobile and automobile to airplane, digital evolution has progressed from payphones to high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks to meet the demands of our rapidly changing daily communication needs, Commissioner Matthew Fraser said in the release.

The last public pay telephone will be on display at the New York City Museum as part of an exhibit looking back at life in the city before computers.

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