AT&T Tests Solar-Powered Charging Stations In New York

June 25, 2014

AT&T is rolling out solar powered gadget charging stations all across New York City. A press release says "AT&T Street Charge is a direct outgrowth of Superstorm Sandy when AT&T powered the City’s distribution centers with commercial generators and pop-up cellular service. New Yorkers who had lost power for days or longer flocked to the centers seeking a charge and a way to communicate to the outside world."

The 25 test kiosks are made by solar tech company Goal Zero and Brooklyn design firm Pensa and will be in locations representing each of the five boroughs. Estimates are that it will take a smartphone two hours to fully charge or one third of charge in half an hour. What someone will do during this time standing out on a sidewalk is unclear.

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