Do you remember the last time you used a pay phone? I actually remember saving up and counting out those nickels and dimes to make a call. I think the last time I had used a pay phone was at my high school before I got a cell phone and even back then, it was a little gross to touch a public phone. There certainly isn't a lot of phone booths that are in operation anymore. NYC has arrived in the0 21st century by turning their public pay phones into free (ad-supported) WiFi hotspots!
Remember when they got into hot water over their mapping of private Wi-Fi hotspots during the Google Streetview recon missions? Anything that improves the accuracy of their geo-location data is of high interest to the data scientists in Mountain View. An entire city bathed in free Wi-Fi could be a commercial goldmine for businesses of all stripes looking to develop a better understanding of who is nearby and what they’re currently looking for.