Philadelphia launches LinkPHL kiosks, bringing free WiFi and more to city streets

Hadas Kuznits
December 07, 2018 - 5:04 pm

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The first of 100 kiosks for free phone charging, WiFi, phone calls and information have been unveiled on the sidewalk at 1835 Market Street. 

Jen Hensley, President of Link at Intersection, explains the LinkPHL kiosks are secure WiFi hotspots that provide super fast service. 

"We don't have passwords associated with our information," Hensley said. "It's a WiFi connection that you can download through an app on your phone, and that provides fully encrypted WiFi connectivity, and you're connected automatically any time you're within the range of a LinkPHL kiosk." 

The kiosks are paid for by advertising displayed on the 55-inch kiosk screens. They also have USB ports for phone charging and more. 

"We have an integrated tablet where you can make free phone calls anywhere in the United States," Hensley said. "You can access information, city services, social services, weather and transit information. There's also a maps feature. So people should just play around with the tablet. There's no login required and we don't take any personal information from using the tablets." 

We sure have come a long way from public payphones. 

"It's true. It is the payphone of the future, but way cooler," Hensley said. "And free. No quarters needed."