Bill de Blasio wants to replace and update the city's unused communication outlets.

Practically everyone carries a mobile phone nowadays that the idea of still using payphones may seem odd to most people. In many places, payphones end up getting plastered with all sorts of ads and graffiti, or mostly unused and doomed to become relics. But not in New York City, it would seem.

The administration of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to transform the city’s unused pay phones and turn them into “public communications structures” that would provide free Wi-Fi to the public and enough phone services to allow people to make free calls to numbers like 911 and 311.

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