Brooklyn Is Getting Free Wi-Fi and Cell-Phone Booths This Summer

Listen up, Brooklyn! You’ll soon be able to surf on free Wi-Fi all over the borough. More than 7,500 pay phones citywide are getting a 21st-century update as they are converted into free Wi-Fi hot spots, including 60 pay phones in Brooklyn by the end of July, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

Brooklynites can charge up for free at the forthcoming LinkNYC Link phone booths. The tall, skinny kiosks will also radiate a free-of-charge signal within 150 feet. They can also be used to place free phone calls, go online using the built-in Android tablet, and dial 911 in case of emergency, city officials announced.

A map of future Links locations in Brooklyn and beyond

The ad revenue generated from the Links is expected to bring over $500 million to the city, according to the Eagle.

The kiosks will increase the city’s affordability by reducing low-income New Yorkers’ broadband bill, said Mayor de Blasio.

The Links can be expected to improve Wi-Fi and cell service for those traversing the city with smartphones, in addition to providing both an emergency call box and an emergency recharging station for pedestrian.

As more booths roll out, the idea is, the city will be blanketed by continuous coverage.

[Source: Eagle | Photos via LinkNYC]

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Originally published at www.brownstoner.com on February 24, 2016.

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