The future is here, and New York City is jumping into it:
. . . more than 7,000 of the city’s existing outdoor pay phones will be completely removed and replaced with so-called Links: Wi-Fi-emitting charging stations where the public can make free domestic calls and access a range of city services via built-in Android tablets. The handy-dandy touch-screen displays will also provide directions and maps to bewildered tourists (and New Yorkers who don’t venture forth from their home boroughs very often). What’s more, each ADA-compliant Link station will include a tactile keypad with Braille lettering, a dedicated 911 button and a headphone jack. And then there’s the all-important USB charging for users in need of a quick battery boost.