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New York Finally Experiences First Flow Of Free Wi-Fi With LinkNYC

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | January 19, 2016

New York Finally Experiences First Flow Of Free Wi-Fi With LinkNYC

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Accessing the Internet in New York just got a whole lot more interesting and, thankfully, easier.

As The Verge’s Russell Brandon reports, New York’s first foray into its much publicized LinkNYC network went live Tuesday, sending the first trickles of information to those who have the mind to log into the free Wi-Fi solution.

For the uninitiated, LinkNYC, of which you can learn more about at its website, is a network of now defunct pay phones that have been re-serviced to provide “superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls device charging and a tablet for Internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions.”

If you are headed to the area at the moment or are a local who wants to get in on the presumed high-speed action then take a peek at this video tutorial that will have you logged on in no time:

LinkNYC took to Twitter to report which locations are now doling out free Wi-Fi:

In time, LinkNYC will take the place of over 7,500 pay phone locations throughout New York City.

For the moment, you can bask in the information at the four locations listed above: 145 3rd Ave., 165 3rd Ave., 188 3rd Ave. and 203 3rd Ave.

The Verge also states that locals can expect to have 500 links by the middle of July. As for speed, it seems to be right up there with expectations.

The report states: “The network is still officially in beta, and the group anticipates some changes as the network expands, but the current version is significantly faster than many commercially available connections. A Verge test found both upload and download speeds faster than 300 Mbps.”

What’s more, you can also access each hub’s tablet to make free calls to anywhere in the nation thanks to a partnership with Vonage.

Soon the city will be replete with a jack-of-all-trades station that can phone home, charge your device or offer the kind of Wi-Fi that will get you to where you need to go.

New York just gifted its locals and visitors a truly remarkable service.

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