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Payphones to be transformed to offer Wi-Fi service
    2018-08-02  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

IT is not rare to see payphones in public places across the city these days, but it is rare to see somebody using one due to the ubiquity of cell phones.

“I’ve lived in Yitiancun housing estate [in Futian District] for 10 years, but I have never used a payphone here,” said a resident surnamed Huang. There are several payphone booths in the housing estate. “You need an IC card to make phone calls on these payphones, but I seldom see anyone using it,” Huang said.

“I’ve never sold an IC card,” said a woman surnamed Sun who has run a newspaper stand near Shenzhen University in Nanshan District for six years. “And no one has ever asked me for an IC card either.”

Few stores or newsstands sell the IC cards for payphones. A resident, identified as Wang, looked around shops near Shenzhen North Railway Station for an IC card to make a phone call on a payphone in the station after his cell phone died. “I was really upset,” said Wang, who couldn’t find a single shop that still sold the IC cards, adding that such payphones should not be abandoned as they are still needed in cases of emergency, like his.

The city’s urban management launched a campaign to remove broken and dysfunctional payphones from public spaces. Official figures from the city’s urban management showed that there are now about 2,000 payphones in the city, with most of them located in Futian, Luohu, Bao’an and Yantian districts.

The Shenzhen branch of China Telecom, which operates the payphones, said it started an overhaul of the payphones in 2014. The company is transforming the payphones into devices that offer Wi-Fi and cell phone recharging services.

(SD News)

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