Payphones were considered the primary means of communication back in the day that it was almost impossible to imagine a street corner without the all too familiar orange topped boxes. With the advent of cellular technology, over 10,000 payphone boxes were lost from 2009 until 2013. But this is about to change as Telstra is coming up with a plan to make us use payphones – as WiFi hotspots.

Telstra has converted 1000 payphones as part of their trial to convert payphones to wireless hotspots for mobile devices  – part of the $100 million WiFi initiative that the company announced in May. The wireless payphones have been recently launched free of charge in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall and Perth’s Central Business District.

Read more about this on the Sydney Morning Herald website.