Payphones Repurposed

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rachel Haot, chief digital officer for the City of New York, discusses the six designs for reinvented payphones and how you can vote for your favorite.


Rachel Sterne Haot

Comments [23]

clive betters

how are you going to keep people from destroying them ? making them more hightech, while at the same time as close to indestructable as possible. seems to me to be a huge obstacle. vandals will be vandals.

Mar. 12 2013 08:36 PM
Ronnie Ann from Brooklyn

Hope this helps...

I also am not a Facebook member, so I contacted Rachel Haot and she provided this Tumblr link, where you can scroll down (past the blue Facebook vote image) and see the designs:

Mar. 12 2013 11:33 AM

Well, it seems one cannot see or vote on the payphone issue without signing up for Facebook. Totally unfair, and elitist in its own way. Shame on WNYC.

Mar. 12 2013 11:01 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

The biggest offender on the "ideas" list was the one where you LEAVE your phone at a charging station somewhere, walk around and ... something to do with seeing ads everywhere, or suffering ads dropped onto your device when you return to retrieve your phone.

Mar. 12 2013 10:48 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Brain. Please, please, please take these kinds of guests to the woodshed on all these issues. Thanks for the caller who came on to say this is for elitists because it was the only truth I heard on this issue.

Mar. 12 2013 10:46 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Forward thinking? HA! More BS. F U C K FACEBOOK!!!!

Mar. 12 2013 10:44 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Ideas are a dime a dozen. How about just some simple, PRACTICAL improvements on payphones, or while we're at it, the trains?

Mar. 12 2013 10:43 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Oh, no cost constraints! WONDERFUL.

Mar. 12 2013 10:42 AM
Robert from NYC

your link to the designs sucks, I'm not on facebook, how can I see them>

Mar. 12 2013 10:42 AM

How aout payphones which actually work? Try to find a functioning payphone!
Obviousy the phone companies would prefer to eliminate payphones and have everyone old enough to make a phonecall as a wireless subscriber.

Mar. 12 2013 10:42 AM

I want a payphone that dispenses soda.

Mar. 12 2013 10:41 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Handicaps. LOL. That ain't PC.

This is another distraction from the real issues in this city. JUST FIX AND MAINTAIN THE DAMN PHONES.

Mar. 12 2013 10:40 AM
Taylor Mande from NYC

Oh puh leeaze...Verizon put WiFi on their payphones more than 5 years ago to much fanfare and it faded away.

The piezo-electric has absoslutely no economic credibility. Piezo electric devices are way too expensive to take advantage of the miniscule energy we generate walking.

These are so much of the same old same old...

Mar. 12 2013 10:39 AM
ken from nyc

Rest Rooms for cab drivers!! (and other needy folks)

Mar. 12 2013 10:38 AM
Paul Silverstone from Manhattan

Why can't you just show the different phones instead of putting me on facebook? Forget it.

Mar. 12 2013 10:38 AM
Robert from NYC

I hope some of the newly designed phones have a self-sanitizing feature so that the crud and dribble and who knows what else--you know like those people who wipe their butts but don't wash their hands afterwards!--one finds on those phones.

Mar. 12 2013 10:37 AM
Tina from NYC

Can't see the pictures you are talking about on facebook!

Mar. 12 2013 10:37 AM
Ana from Brooklyn

I would love to see the designs, but the link just goes to a Facebook page with no pictures. do I have to be on Facebook to see the,? ridiculous!

Mar. 12 2013 10:34 AM
Robert from NYC

Yeah they stayed connected during blackouts but Verizon is determined to do away with copper wire which is what makes these phones stay connected during blackouts. I am strongly in favor of keeping payphones on the streets of the city but I'm suspicious of ANYTHING this sleazebag mayor wants to do.

Mar. 12 2013 10:34 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

What is this crap about only voting on Facebook? What is WRONG with this city government?

Mar. 12 2013 10:34 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Can they invent a pay phone that sanitizes itself?

Mar. 12 2013 10:33 AM
Bob from Brooklyna

So we have to vote on Facebook?? PFFT. Ridic. Choose whatever dumb design you want, I'm not going near the grid trap called Facebook.

Just make the phones work properly. Thank you.

Mar. 12 2013 10:32 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Yeah, fancy pay phones. That's nice. Can we just have regular pay phones that work and aren't tapped by the CIA and FBI?

What is the chief digital officer of NYC doing to protect citizens (Muslims) from digital spying by the NYPD?

Mar. 12 2013 10:10 AM

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