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NYC Removes Last Public Payphone


It’s the end of an era in New York City. On Monday morning, the city saw the removal of its last payphone.

Officials were spotted removing the last payphone, located on 7th Avenue and 50th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The city started removing the old-style phones in 2015 and replacing them with WiFi hotspots.

The WiFi hotspots provide free WiFi service, and once connected, calls can be made at no cost anywhere in the United States. In addition, users can access travel information, weather, and services directories. The hotspots can also be used for charging devices.

This summer, the hotspots will be receiving an upgrade to 5G.

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