Making Pay Phones Pay

A couple weeks ago we had an article about the death of the pay phone. Now, Fortune is talking about why companies that run pay phones should be turning them all into WiFi hotspots. The infrastructure is there (or almost there…) to just turn the phone lines into DSL broadband lines, and add a WiFi router. Most payphones are in high traffic public areas, which are perfect for hotspots. Already, Bell Canada is doing this with some of their pay phones. The problem, though, still comes down to business model. It’s still not convincing that companies will be able to make enough money off of commercial WiFi hotspots when there are an increasing number of open, free hotspots.

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