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Monday, August 09, 2004

New life for phone booths

With seemingly everyone owning a cell phone these days, what's to become of the old phone booths? One is hard-pressed to find an old-fashioned phone booth today, and those that still exist are often vandalized or victims of neglect.

British Telecom (BT) has at least one solution for revitalizing its phone booth investment. In North Wales, BT is converting many phone booths into broadband Internet kiosks. If the effort is successful, we may see similar initiatives Stateside. Read more here...

Also, Australian-based Telstra is looking to retrofit 33,000 pay phones with WiFi hardware, as a cost-effective way to create WiFi hotspots in metropolitan areas. Telstra is part of an international telecom alliance that includes BT and T-Mobile.