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NYC’s Mayor Challenges Designers, Hardware Hackers, and Policy Buffs to Reinvent the Humble Payphone

6th December 2012

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It seems intuitively obvious that not everyone has a wireless phone, and hence there is still a residual ‘demand’ for pay public telephones. On the other hand, it seems plain that, in light of the theft and vandalism to which they would undoubtedly be subjected in the low-rent areas in which they would be most useful, no commercial company is going to be interesting in throwing money down that particular rat-hole. This would therefore appear to be a perfect opportunity for those so inclined to engage in a government-has-to-meet-this-public-need-because-the-free-market-will-fail program. #OccupyPhoneBooth?

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