Remember the last time you used a pay phone? Yeah, neither do I. And it looks as if New York City is thinking the same thing as they’re working with pay phone and broadband companies to turn those old boxes into free wireless hotspots by using “military grade” antennas to spread the signal. Currently the city is running a pilot program with ten different boxes. There is currently one in Queens, two in Brookland and seven in Manhattan. If you would like to view the full list of free wireless hotspots check out this Tumblr post.
Installing one of these boxes costs roughly $2,000, which is being paid for by Van Wagner Communications. Van Wagner owns most of the city’s pay phones and would like to spread these boxes to more of NYC’s 13,000 pay phones. And while they aren’t running ads as of now, this is very likely to happen in the future to make these hotspots profitable. All future support for these wireless hotspots will be paid for by Van Wagner and other communication companies in the city.
To me, this is a great solution for reusing old pay phones. Since the mobile age is in full effect most of us rely on our mobile devices for communication and rarely find ourselves needing to use a landline or pay phone. And with all of the cell phone congestion in New York City, I think this plan will benefit everyone, even wireless carriers. What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post.
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Own the international variant of the HTC One X? Here is some bad news for you. Over the last few days, reports started flying around ont he Internet that some of the One X owners are facing strange Wi-Fi connectivity issue with their handset. The only weird and temporary way to fix this problem was to squeeze the handset at a certain place.
HTC has come clean on this matter and confirmed that the some of the Tegra 3 variants of the One X do suffer from poor Wi-Fi connectivity issue. The company has also issued an official statement to Android Central, where it states it has found a way to fix the issue in future One X handsets -:
After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation.
What HTC however fails to mention is that what existing One X owners should do if they are facing the Wi-Fi connectivity issue. Hopefully, HTC will replace the One X for these people without any hassle.
Motorola has just announced a new variant of the world’s first-ever Honeycomb tablet XOOM the XOOM family edition.
Hardware wise, there is no difference between the XOOM and the XOOM family edition. The tablet is powered by the same NVidia Tegra 2 processor, packs 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of on-board storage. The 10.1-inch display also has the same quality and resolution as its older sibling.
At the back of the tablet is a 5MP camera, capable of recording videos in 720p HD resolution. There is also a front-facing camera, and Moto promises up to 10 hours of battery life. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options including an HDMI port are also present. The tablet runs on Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
The main difference between the XOOM and the XOOM family edition is that the latter comes pre-loaded with some quality apps. Motorola has pre-loaded almost $40 worth of applications along with Zoodles, QuickOffice HD, MotoPrint and Asphalt 6. The Zoodles application will make sure that kids are not displayed any inappropriate content.
The XOOM Family edition will be available exclusively on Best Buy starting from October 16, for a limited time price of $379. Thankfully, unlike the original XOOM, Motorola has managed to get the pricing of the XOOM family edition right on target.
Guys at On-Ramp Wireless have managed to invent a new way to transmit Wi-Fi signals that can now reach a 45 mile range with even lower power consumption.
Wi-Fi signal starts getting distorted with increase in distance. After 1/20th of a mile the signal gets so distorted due to the noise that it becomes unusable. On-Ramp Wireless has invented a transmitter (pictured above) that transmits Wi-Fi signals at the same frequency but in such a way that it is more resistant to noise so it can propagate through the noisy environment over a 45 mile distance.
Besides that, it also manages to consume lesser energy. It does this by facilitating fewer smart grid access points due to the fact that traditional access points don’t transmit nearly as far and so more access points are needed so that more access points are closer to buildings with smart meters. If this manages to make into main stream, we will be able to connect wirelessly with Wi-Fi enabled devices for 45 mile distance without having to use the Internet.