Designers created prototypes that imagined the future of the city's 11,000 public pay telephones.

The winning prototypes from the ‘Reinvent Payphones' design challenge have been announced. The competition gave designers the opportunity to reimagine uses for New York City's 11,000 public payphones. Since most people carry cell phones, their intended use has become outdated, so the challenge was to create new uses for the structure that would better serve current needs.

The winners were selected earlier this week at Quirky with six entries awarded for best connectivity, creativity, visual design, functionality, and community impact. A sixth prize category, ‘Popular Choice,' will be decided by public vote through the City of New York's Facebook Page, where voting runs until March 14th.

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