Payphones: The Next Hotspot Wave?

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Payphones: The Next Hotspot Wave?

BY ED SUTHERLAND | January 28, 2003

Remember payphones? Once a vital link for people away from the home or office, payphones now languish in the shadows of cell phone users, collecting dust and graffiti. But in one of those technological ironies, the very cause of the death of the payphone may inspire a new revival.

In a pilot program that’s now testing public reaction, a Canadian telephone company and Californian wireless think tank are breathing life into unused products by converting traditional public phones into 802.11 hotspots. Hotspots create an area where wireless users within a 300-foot radius can connect to the Internet using laptops or other portable devices equipped with an 802.11 network interface card.

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