Advertising beacons discovered in hundreds of NYC phone booths

As New York City looks to upgrade its phone booths, the boxes may be getting more technology than many citizens realize. This weekend, a Buzzfeed investigation found approximately 500 advertising beacons in Manhattan phone booths, all installed without a formal approval process or public comment period. The beacons are already common in malls and stadiums, but it’s rare to see them on public streets, and even stranger to see them taking over a spot previously reserved for public landlines.

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