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LinkNYC's blazing fast Wi-Fi kiosks debut for beta testing with download speeds as fast as 280Mbps

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LinkNYC's blazing fast Wi-Fi kiosks debut for beta testing with download speeds as fast as 280Mbps
Payphones were never like this! Some of LinkNYC's free Wi-Fi kiosks opened today for beta testing, and the free hotspots provided users with extremely fast wireless service. According to one published report, download speeds (per Speedtest.net) were hitting 280Mbps with uploads running as fast as 317Mbps. What a creative way to get rid of the old payphones that became obsolete with the rise of the cellphone.

As we told you earlier this month, New York City hopes to have 500 payphones converted by July on the way to a total of 4450 hotspots available by 2020. Each one will provide speeds up to 1Gbps. The kiosks make money by selling ads that run on two screens. A USB port provides free charging of mobile devices, and an Android tablet allows users to browse the web. The Wi-Fi signal has a range of 150 feet from the kiosk.

While LinkNYC says that it won't stop people from using the free Wi-Fi all of the time, it did say that it could resort to throttling the data speeds of those who consume an inordinate amount of data.  Considering that 27% of New Yorkers didn't have a broadband connection as of 2014, the LinkNYC kiosks should look like an oasis in the desert to them.

The City has a 12-year contract with CityBridge, which is in charge of the project. Over the length of the contract, the city is guaranteed $500 million versus 50% of the ad revenue. Beta testing will remain in force until 200 kiosks are up and running


source: Engadget

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posted on 19 Jan 2016, 16:43

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Why can't Chicago do this?

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:16 1

9. Furbal (Posts: 1018; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


*every metropolitan area.

We gave enough tax breaks and straight up cash to telecomm companies to build out infrastructure for things like this (and they failed to do so). Spend the money on this and let the public use it.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:23

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Our tax is 10.25% now. There's a tax on bottled water, garbage collection, and even Netflix.

Thank god I got my promotion and now moving to the suburbs.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:26

12. Furbal (Posts: 1018; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Gotta love corporations buying legislatures

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:45 1

14. zeeBomb (Posts: 2142; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Any way to force your android phone to 5Ghz?

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:00 1

2. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Bring it to Brooklyn and chi town do not need it, they need more windows phone out there, Lumia 950 to be exact

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 18:37

15. WPX00 (Posts: 354; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Stop SPAMMING

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:00

3. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Bring it to Brooklyn and chi town do not need it, they need more windows phone out there, Lumia 950 to be exact

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:00

4. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Bring it to Brooklyn and chi town do not need it, they need more windows phone out there, Lumia 950 to be exact

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:00

5. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Bring it to Brooklyn and chi town do not need it, they need more windows phone out there, Lumia 950 to be exact

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:00

6. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Bring it to Brooklyn and chi town do not need it, they need more windows phone out there, Lumia 950 to be exact

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:00 1

7. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Bring it to Brooklyn and chi town do not need it, they need more windows phone out there, Lumia 950 to be exact

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:36

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


All there is here are either cheap Android phones, Samsungs, iPhones, some LGs and iPads everywhere. Rarely see a WP and when I do I actually get a little happy haha.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:03

8. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


how to delete the copies of my message, and why phone arena posted more than 1

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 17:23

11. villagerguyz (Posts: 93; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


report ur own comment...... maybe it is just a bug.

btw, i hope that something like this will be available in my country soon..... i'm so jelly for just looking at the speeds.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 18:39

16. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


I think your country will take about ten years to reach that speed

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 22:46

18. villagerguyz (Posts: 93; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Myabe, bcoz our gov policies.... the good thing is I will dump my ADSL 2 Mbps for 30 Mbps connection soon.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 01:40

20. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Connection in your country is slow and expensive and sucks
BTW how much does it cost for 30 Mbps in your country

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 04:55

21. villagerguyz (Posts: 93; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Major ISP in my country (Telekom Malaysia) provides 30 Mbps DL/10 Mbps UL for MYR 179 (about 41 USD, without taxes) which also includes mandatory IPTV service. I'm waiting for this one (glad that my dad agreed to subscribe to this).

There is another ISP that provides 30Mbps symetrical for MYR 219 (about 50 USD, without taxes) without IPTV service but it is only available on condos/apartments.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 10:19

22. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


you should move out of your country ASAP

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 16:30

23. villagerguyz (Posts: 93; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


I'm planning it now (or maybe not).... the price is still okay compared to other countries.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 16:44

24. villagerguyz (Posts: 93; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


Just because the internet service is expensive, you asked me to move out from my country. Hell no. Maybe not.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 19:36

17. xq10xa (Posts: 730; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Los Angeles needs this as well.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 00:39

19. stevetherican (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Sep 2015)


I can already see people fighting over using this thing which is a shame since its an excellent idea

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