New phone booths

7/14/2007 Update:

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:


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Monday, July 30, 2007 9:21 am

The internet phones are pretty cool. They must be faster then the 768kbps. I heard from someone they are 3MBPS and will have wireless broadband for those of us that cannot get DSL. Another option for us with laptops. These are in NYC as well and still work.

Monday, July 16, 2007 1:02 pm

until i finally get an iphone or other internet friendly phone, i think internet on the street is great!

Monday, July 16, 2007 12:41 pm

that’s what she said.

Monday, July 16, 2007 11:41 am

[quote comment=”34711″]You mean to tell me the other 20 of them are going to sit there, large and ugly, for the sole purpose of carrying advertising with no phone inside?[/quote]

This surprises you? Have you seen the ‘large and ugly’ (and empty!) Velocity Apartments that are taking up a big section of town? How about that annoying ‘ad truck’ that parks at the top of 14th Street every day and blocks the view of the pier/city with it’s stupid rotating ads?

Welcome to Hoboken, hobojoe – everything’s for sale!

Monday, July 16, 2007 11:26 am

[quote comment=”34567″]How long do you think these will these last before they get vandalized?

I’ll give them 6 weeks tops.[/quote]
I give them 7 days (first weekend in Hoboken should kill them).

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