From Pay Phone to a Wi-Fi Spot?

Pay PhoneEverything that use to be ‘the way of life’ is slowly becoming digital. There is less mail with paperless bills, there are reminders via a text message, being able to buy groceries online, and remember those phones that you use to put a quarter in and dial a number? Yes, the pay phones will soon cease to exist because they will be turning into Wi-Fi spots.

Currently, proposals are being made as to how the pay phone could be made into a Wi-Fi spot. Some features at minimum would include them being offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week use and be able to make free 911 and 311 phone calls.

The process for the Wi-Fi spots would extend throughout the five boroughs over the next 4 years and be overseen by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

One interesting question that has not been resolved yet is what to the with the existing pay phone system? There are so many generations who are just use to the classic phones that it may be tough to get rid of them. Think about it. How do you get someone who has a flip phone, for example, to use a more upgraded phone with email, Internet and other advanced features?

The proposals would have to include this information as well. Yet, with this advancing technological world, it is certain, that someone will come up with a solution. We will have to see in the years to come what will happen.

TWELFTH ANNUAL LATINO TRENDSETTER AWARDS RECIPIENT LUCIA BALAS-TRAYNOR

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Lucia is the Co-founder and EVP of CafeMom’s MamásLatinas, a bilingual online and mobile destination that launched January 2012, reaching over 1 million monthly unique visitors (comscore, August 2013). MamásLatinas is dedicated to connecting, entertaining and empowering Latina moms by super-serving their culturally unique interests and needs with a dynamic community and engaging and targeted editorial content.

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Lucia has 25 years’ experience in Hispanic media, and has been at the helm of leading Hispanic media brands such as Univision’s Galavision, MTV Tr3s and most recently People en Español.

 

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