NYFi payphone concept

There were numerous intriguing designs in New York City’s Reinvent Payphones competition, but only one can win the vote. The people have made their choice: NYFi will serve as the inspiration for street-side payphone overhauls. It’s not hard to see why, as the proposal would theoretically solve several urban hassles at once. Each NYFi hub would dish out free WiFi, taking the load off of the cellular network. It would also use open, smartphone-like software and easily adaptable touchscreen hardware to consolidate many of the boxes that clutter the sidewalks, such as ticket machines and bike sharing stations. We’ll admit that the winning concept sounds a little optimistic to us — we wouldn’t be surprised if any finished city project fell short of the ideal. Even if we don’t get a WiFi hotspot on every corner, though, NYFi’s eventual offshoot could be a welcome replacement for landline phones that have mostly collected dust in recent years.

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