Payphones are all but entirely obsolete, relics left over from an age where a smartphone wasn't found in nearly every pocket. Back in the summer of 2012, New York City began converting its payphone kiosks into WiFi hotspots, something the city plans to expand into a large network across NYC.
In response to previously leaked information that the FCC was going to allow internet providers preferential treatment in delivery of traffic, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler took to the FCC’s website. Calling the leaked info “misinformed interpretation”, Wheeler went on to defend the action as information gathering rather than a set-in-stone ruling on a free and open internet.
This week a tip on Amazon’s first smartphone has made its way public, revealing the name "Amazon Prime Data." This data service has been suggested to be tied to AT&T exclusively, and very possibly related to AT&T’s Sponsored Data program. With this program, certain apps and traffic have their data traffic bills footed by the company that they benefit.
In the future, your Amazon packages could arrive in an Amazon-branded delivery truck, rather than the FedEx and UPS staples currently in use. Such would follow a test the company is carrying out in select cities, something that will both address shipping delays and could lead to same-day deliveries.