Considering that in the age of smartphones, no one really uses real phone numbers anyway, it’s not surprising that phone companies in the US are looking into doing away with phone numbers entirely in favor of IP addresses. Seven digit phone numbers, ten digit phone numbers are an ancient holdover from the beginning of the spread of the telephone, but as more and more phones are computers, and phone calls are just routed through computer servers anyway, old fashioned phone numbers are something that won’t make a lot of sense in the near future anyway.
Pay phones are nearly dead breed, because who doesn’t have a phone in their pocket or quick access to one? But instead of getting rid of all the old pay phones, NYC is redesigning many of them to be 21st century hubs of information. The above picture is an illustration of the winning design of the NYC Payphone Design Challenge. Called “NYFi”, it’s a large touchscreen where people can not only make calls, request information, get directions and even get new MetroCards.
It’s an old school black rotary phone that’s been modified into a cell phone, so you can carry it everywhere and look like the coolest dude on the block. And it’s only $200!
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First, we heard about NYC yellow cabs getting a facelift and now New York is planning on replacing its outdated, old fashioned pay phones with high tech smartphones that will be supported on ad revenue.