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(Government Technology)   Are payphones really making a comeback? Well, Boston likes to think so   (govtech.com) divider line 39
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2013-05-02 05:57:25 PM
who they gonna call?  the BOMBER? :)
 
2013-05-02 06:06:22 PM
This is good news for Superman.
 
2013-05-02 06:14:19 PM
images.wikia.com
 
2013-05-02 07:23:32 PM
How are they payphones... if you don't pay for them?
 
2013-05-02 07:44:14 PM

Fano: How are they payphones... if you don't pay for them?


And they aren't phones.
 
2013-05-02 07:54:41 PM

EvilEgg: Fano: How are they payphones... if you don't pay for them?

And they aren't phones.


Now it makes sense.
 
2013-05-02 08:09:17 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: who they gonna call?  the BOMBER? :)


Well, at least the NY Knicks showed some class by wearing funeral garb in memory of the victims of the Marathon Bombing.
 
2013-05-02 09:12:36 PM
It would be cool to replace the phones in payphone booths with all-weather tablets that people could use for, say, 99 cents a minute to call/text/skype/email/get directions/get a cab/etc. when their smart phone is dead.
 
2013-05-02 09:33:39 PM
Speaking of which, someone needs to make a redboxing app for iOS so I can illegally make free calls from payphones.
 
2013-05-02 09:45:38 PM
There are two brand new payphones near my office. They don't do wifi though. They're actually phones. Land line phones. It's weird.

They're basically a place for bums to sit as best as I can tell.
 
2013-05-02 10:07:58 PM

MrEricSir: Speaking of which, someone needs to make a redboxing app for iOS so I can illegally make free calls from payphones.


Kind of useless unless you have the iOS time machine app to go back to a time when payphones still used in-band signaling.

btw. I assume your iOS device can play a mp3.  There should be a mp3 of the tone sequence for a quarter out there somewhere.
 
2013-05-02 10:10:47 PM
Boston pay phones are making a comeback...after they slipped awaaaay. They slipped AWAAA-HAAAAAYYY

/wheee doodeedoodoo deedoo doodeedoodooooooo
 
2013-05-02 10:26:33 PM
Cheaper than investing in cell infrastructure I guess.  And it gives Boston chavs something to vandalise.
 
2013-05-02 10:31:52 PM

EvilEgg: Fano: How are they payphones... if you don't pay for them?

And they aren't phones.


images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-05-02 10:33:34 PM
Guess Verizon missed the bus on that one.
 
2013-05-02 10:33:52 PM
At least it should free up some seats at Starbuck's.
 
2013-05-02 10:35:00 PM
cdn.ebaumsworld.com

Just because..
 
2013-05-02 10:39:16 PM

Vaneshi: Cheaper than investing in cell infrastructure I guess.  And it gives Boston chavs something to vandalise.


But we need more cell infrastructure. This may be an extreme example, but the parts of Manhattan right outside major tourist spots have limited bandwidth. For example, I have a friend who lives on 8th & 49th; it's close enough to Times Square that the towers in the area cannot handle the spill over -- service frequently drops from LTE to 4G with two bars, sometimes there isn't even service.
 
2013-05-02 10:45:13 PM
I heard they were going to put them on the greenway, which would be nice.
 
2013-05-02 10:53:49 PM
Test: Payphone is to WIFI as Outhouse is to ____?
 
2013-05-02 10:58:22 PM
blog.paradigmcc.com

Does not approve.
 
2013-05-02 11:00:16 PM

MrEricSir: Speaking of which, someone needs to make a redboxing app for iOS so I can illegally make free calls from payphones.


That hasn't worked in a lonnnnnng time
 
2013-05-02 11:12:22 PM

Mantour: Just because..


How the? Is that a wall behind the car?
 
2013-05-02 11:17:24 PM

thisiszombocom: Mantour: Just because..

How the? Is that a wall behind the car?


I believe the news article about it stated that the phone was over the limit and hit the parked cruiser.
 
2013-05-02 11:24:56 PM
oi42.tinypic.com

They have phones in booths now? Finally, now I don't have to lug this cell phone around.
 
2013-05-02 11:28:41 PM

thisiszombocom: Mantour: Just because..

How the? Is that a wall behind the car?


The cruiser hit a phone booth and it got stuck to the car.  The cruiser just park backwards.
 
2013-05-02 11:31:20 PM
thornhill:
But we need more cell infrastructure.

Well that's because you're American, you wanted it that way.  Hell I've been on Fark long enough to have seen American's go in to long tirades about why your shoddy, overpriced, under delivering system(s) are just so peachy.   Me?   I'm European, the land of evil socialism and ubiquitous 3.5G no matter where you go.We whine if we don't get a decent signal on the London underground.

3 don't even have data caps and bake Skype in to their phones (or at least did for quite a while).
 
2013-05-02 11:36:06 PM

Mantour: [cdn.ebaumsworld.com image 599x396]

Just because..


Dan Redican is a cop now?
 
2013-05-02 11:50:34 PM

MrEricSir: Speaking of which, someone needs to make a redboxing app for iOS so I can illegally make free calls from payphones.


Sure it wasn't blue? Its been a while.
 
2013-05-02 11:50:55 PM

Vaneshi: thornhill:
But we need more cell infrastructure.

Well that's because you're American, you wanted it that way.  Hell I've been on Fark long enough to have seen American's go in to long tirades about why your shoddy, overpriced, under delivering system(s) are just so peachy.   Me?   I'm European, the land of evil socialism and ubiquitous 3.5G no matter where you go.We whine if we don't get a decent signal on the London underground.

3 don't even have data caps and bake Skype in to their phones (or at least did for quite a while).


No one in America thinks they have good data infrastructure compared to EU or Japan.  But we don't have capitalism either.
 
2013-05-02 11:52:02 PM

thornhill: Vaneshi: Cheaper than investing in cell infrastructure I guess.  And it gives Boston chavs something to vandalise.

But we need more cell infrastructure. This may be an extreme example, but the parts of Manhattan right outside major tourist spots have limited bandwidth. For example, I have a friend who lives on 8th & 49th; it's close enough to Times Square that the towers in the area cannot handle the spill over -- service frequently drops from LTE to 4G with two bars, sometimes there isn't even service.


The horror! How does your friend survive?
 
2013-05-03 12:02:55 AM

sethen320: thornhill: Vaneshi: Cheaper than investing in cell infrastructure I guess.  And it gives Boston chavs something to vandalise.

But we need more cell infrastructure. This may be an extreme example, but the parts of Manhattan right outside major tourist spots have limited bandwidth. For example, I have a friend who lives on 8th & 49th; it's close enough to Times Square that the towers in the area cannot handle the spill over -- service frequently drops from LTE to 4G with two bars, sometimes there isn't even service.

The horror! How does your friend survive?


The point is that he's paying for cell and data service and not getting it.
 
2013-05-03 12:23:34 AM

thornhill: sethen320: thornhill: Vaneshi: Cheaper than investing in cell infrastructure I guess.  And it gives Boston chavs something to vandalise.

But we need more cell infrastructure. This may be an extreme example, but the parts of Manhattan right outside major tourist spots have limited bandwidth. For example, I have a friend who lives on 8th & 49th; it's close enough to Times Square that the towers in the area cannot handle the spill over -- service frequently drops from LTE to 4G with two bars, sometimes there isn't even service.

The horror! How does your friend survive?

The point is that he's paying for cell and data service and not getting it.


They have phones at 7-11 that let you pay as you go.
 
2013-05-03 06:51:30 AM

Vaneshi: thornhill:
But we need more cell infrastructure.

Well that's because you're American, you wanted it that way.  Hell I've been on Fark long enough to have seen American's go in to long tirades about why your shoddy, overpriced, under delivering system(s) are just so peachy.   Me?   I'm European, the land of evil socialism and ubiquitous 3.5G no matter where you go.We whine if we don't get a decent signal on the London underground.

3 don't even have data caps and bake Skype in to their phones (or at least did for quite a while).


Like any other country, we've got lots of idiots in America. For some reason though, ours seem to be abnormally proud of their stupidity.
 
2013-05-03 08:00:07 AM

thornhill: The point is that he's paying for cell and data service and not getting it.



Then he should complain to the company, if that doesn't work complain to the American version of Offtel.  Then contact his political representative if 'Offtel' doesn't do its job.

As a last resort yank them in to court as they aren't upholding their end of the contract to provide service (the contract is also probably onesided and thus should be voided) and if their availability map says you should be getting service X and you aren't throw in a sprinkle of false advertising.    Bring the companies to heel, eventually they'll have to start being more European... or get regulated in to the ground.

That American's aren't universally doing this is... mind boggling.

/Like ours did over roaming charges.  Yeah too pricey here comes your beating from the EU.
 
2013-05-03 08:53:13 AM
Some trendy restaurants have phone booths (sans payphones) in their lobbies for people to make
cell phone calls without bothering other patrons.
 
2013-05-03 12:11:30 PM
Wi-Fi payphones makes about as much sense to me as the computer controlled carburetors in the mid-late 1980's
 
2013-05-03 12:34:31 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Some trendy restaurants have phone booths (sans payphones) in their lobbies for people to make
cell phone calls without bothering other patrons.


And this is the thing I think is important : The phone BOOTH designed to isolate the caller from the ambient noise is what is needed. Put two or three in the front of every restaurant. combine this with a ringtone policy process that only allows calls to be made or received in the booths, but which allows a vibrate-only (ever) alarm to go off in the restaurant area. 

So yes, you can get the old-style "Sir, your babysitter is trying to reach you" message, and get up politely and leave the table, take the call in the booth (they can be made nice and roomy now) and then step out and get back to your dining experience.
 
2013-05-03 04:54:01 PM

Vaneshi: thornhill:
But we need more cell infrastructure.

Well that's because you're American, you wanted it that way.  Hell I've been on Fark long enough to have seen American's go in to long tirades about why your shoddy, overpriced, under delivering system(s) are just so peachy.   Me?   I'm European, the land of evil socialism and ubiquitous 3.5G no matter where you go.We whine if we don't get a decent signal on the London underground.

3 don't even have data caps and bake Skype in to their phones (or at least did for quite a while)


The vast majority of European countries would be average to below average sized US states. It's easy to swing your dick around when you only have to worry about covering an area the size of Arkansas.
 
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