Sunday, 22 Jul, 2007 Technology
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Public Phone Booths to Become Internet Access Points in Sweden

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Public phone booths in Sweden will be 'reassigned' to public stations for wireless Internet access. One of the major Scandinavian Internet Service Providers - TeliaSonera - stated that about 700 public phone booths would be equipped with stations for wireless Internet access. This equipment will enable Swedish to access Internet wirelessly virtually from anywhere near a phone booth within 500 feet.

This way TeliaSonera intends to find a place in the wireless 21st century for the old telephone booths, which were prophesied to extinguish within a few decades.

News agencies report that a user will need a laptop and a mobile phone, to retrieve a unique password for Internet access.

The process of re-equipment of the phone booths' is to start in the Swedish major cities - Stockholm, Goteborg and Malmo, followed by other 20 cities.

It is worth mentioning that in April London authorities expressed an idea of embracing the main English river - Thames - into a Wi-Fi net for wireless Internet access. Thus two events show a tenancy of ISPs to equip or re-equip places mostly visited by people for a more comfortable wireless Internet access.

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