AT&T Sprinkling Solar-Power Chargers Around NYC
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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Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
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NYC Reaches Full Cellular Coverage In All Subway Stations
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that by January 9th, all underground subway stations in New York City will have cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The system was built and is maintained by Transit Wireless, which confirmed to Phone Scoop that this milestone includes all four major wireless carriers, at all covered stations.
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.
how does this really work?
dont people have a car?
i always charge inside my car when i'm not at home!