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WNYC News

New York Cancels Phone Booth Transmitter Program

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Officials are scuttling a project that would have installed in payphone booths thousands of transmitters that could track people's movements.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Papal Election; City H.S. Admissions; Future of Payphones

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today the papal conclave convenes in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next pope. David Gibson of Religious News Service explains the politics behind the scenes. Plus: the city's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot on reinventing NYC's payphones; WNYC's Beth Fertig on the impact of test prep on city high school admissions; the latest sequestration news; and the new novel from Mohsin Hamid.

New Tech City

New York City Challenges Silicon Alley to Reinvent the Payphone

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

After payphones proved to be a crucial link for New Yorkers during Sandy, the city's Chief Digital Officer is challenging Silicon Alley entrepreneurs to redesign the city's 11,412 payphones for the digital era.

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Transportation Nation

Sorry Superman, Can't Change Here: D.C. Metro To Eliminate Phone Booths

Thursday, January 13, 2011

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) D.C.'s Metro announced this morning it will eliminate almost all of the 1,074 pay phones in its train stations.

The reason why shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has ever seen someone who appeared to be talking loudly to themselves but was actually using one of those tiny Bluetooth thingies in their ear: cell phones are pretty prevalent nowadays. It seems like everyone has one. Yes, everyone.

Long, long ago, you had to find a phone booth (and a quarter) to make a phone call. Now, if you have a cell phone, you just have to find something to say - and even that's not always necessary.

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