NYC’s Mayor Challenges Designers, Hardware Hackers, And Policy Buffs To Reinvent The Humble Payphone

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http://techcrunch.com – With cell phones as ubiquitous as they are (a recent report from the Pew Research Center purports that around 85 percent of American adults have one), it seems safe to say that the age of the payphone is winding down. That said, they haven’t outlived their usefulness yet, and now New York City seems dead set on dragging them into the 21st century. That’s why earlier tonight mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a curious challenge to the city’s numerous hackers and designers. Their task? To give those payphones a much-needed revamping. As it stands there are still over 11,000 phone booths pep (IT news)