AT&T to Set Up Free Solar-Power Phone Chargers in NYC
June 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Everyone has days where they seem to use their phone for just about everything, resulting in their battery being at 20 percent by noon. AT&T just announced that it will be installing 25 solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones throughout New York City. AT&T partnered with the solar power company Goal Zero and is calling the project is called “Street Charge.”
“Nearly half of all Americans own a smartphone, and the amount of time we spend on handheld devices has increased dramatically,” said Joe Atkin, president and CEO of Goal Zero. “All too often, we hear the dreaded low-battery beep and it happens at the most inconvenient times. Street Charge will fix that.”
These chargers are being installed today in Fort Green Park in Brooklyn. They will then be installed in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, Union square and Hudson River Park.
Each charger will have 6 USB connectors, and will allow charging for iPhone, Android and Windows phones. The chargers are a “test,” and will stay in place until October. If successful, AT&T may install them in more cities.