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AT&T Sprinkling Solar-Power Chargers Around NYC

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Jun 18, 2013, 7:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T plans to set up 25 solar-powered charging stations around the five boroughs of New York City, reports The New York Times. The stations resemble helicopter rotors with three blade-like solar cells perched atop a tall pole. The stations will be able to accommodate up to six devices at a time, and will include a mix of ports that are compatible with Android devices as well as BlackBerries, iPhones, and Windows Phones. Though the chargers are being offered by AT&T, anyone can use them. The stations will remain in one spot for three to four weeks at a time, and will then be moved elsewhere in the city. The solar-powered charging stations will be available to New Yorkers until October.

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Jun 18, 2013, 9:51 AM


OK, let me get this straight. These chargers will be out in public, so you have to plug your phone in and either stand there and wait while it charges or leave and come back in 10 seconds to find it gone.

Oh, and they're going to move them around, so you can never really be sure where you'll find one.

Something like this might be useful when you can charge a phone in two minutes, but, as long as getting a decent amount of juice in it is going to take at least 20 minutes, absolutely no one is going to use these things.
that' my Q also.
how does this really work?
dont people have a car?
i always charge inside my car when i'm not at home!
Really? You're being given a really useful service free, with no obligation to you, and your first instinct is to complain that it isn't flawless?
What if you want to make an emergency call, have to check your mail really quick or receive a big file over 10MB but your charge meter is already in the red zone. It'd be great if I could pull a micro USB charger plug from a pole (I'd be kind of weird...
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