New York City is looking to replace its public pay phones with Internet-connected touch-screen tablets.
The new touch-screen tablets will be free to access and will generate revenue via local advertising. People will be able to use the kiosks/tablets to get information on local restaurants, nearby stores, tourist attractions, and traffic updates. The booths will also provide access to the city's 311 complaint and information line. And it will offer safety alerts. All of this will be available in multiple languages, the newspaper article said.
Eventually, users will also be able to access popular applications like Skype, which allows people to make phone calls over the Internet. And they'll be able to log on to e-mail accounts from the "smart screen" booths. The city also plans on turning the booths into Wi-Fi hot spots, which will provide wireless Internet access to other devices.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc