New phone booths
Yesterday, I saw this technician finally installing one of these high-tech MetroTel payphones on 11th and Washington Street. He also said another one was installed near City Hall earlier in the day. He said the reason it took so long was because the owner of these booths finally signed the contract (he said the owner was “Mr. Vitale”).
He mentioned that there are 32 of these booths located in Hoboken, but only 12 of the phones will be installed initially (in the higher traffic areas).
The tech said that it costs 25 cents to make a local call. The phones also feature a full keyboard, trackball and a Windows XP based operating system that allows users to surf the web, check email and more. He claimed it was “DSL speed – 768kbps”. You can pay by cash or credit cards. I also saw a screen that indicated you can call anywhere in the world for $1.00 for three minutes.
Seems like quite a few of these “MetroTel” phone booths are going up around town. You can apparently pay with credit card, etc.
Why do we need phone booths? Who uses them?
Many of these monstrosities have been sitting there for a while, empty.
Here’s one going up on River and Newark: