In 2013, Mayor Bloomberg asked designers to reimagine the city's decrepit pay phones as internet-flinging, ad-spitting future machines. The winners were simply design concepts, never truly destined for reality. Now, the city is moving forward with the plan to retrofit its pay phones, after all.
Payphones may be essential to pop culture, Supermen, and Matrix-escapees everywhere, but try to remember the last time you actually saw someone using a payphone for its intended purpose. What about the last time you just saw one... anywhere?
Cellphones' genocide of pay phones just leveled up: AT&T will be totally out of the pay phone business by the end of next year. It's a hard blow to a long languishing subset of communication hardware that was eulogized way back in '03 by schmucky Joel Schumacher's Phone Booth. There are about a million pay phones…