AT&T is onto something big. It just announced its plans to set up 25 solar powered cell phone charging stations in New York City. There is no better place to test a new product than on the streets of the Big Apple. Who isn’t connected to a mobile device in a big city?
Phones are like extensions of the body. If you don’t see someone talking on one, it’s because they’re on a Bluetooth device. Imagine how convenient it will be to walk up to a station and charge your mobile phone using the sun as power? You won’t need to worry about missing an important call or text because you left your charger at home or in the car.
Street Charge is the collaboration of AT&T and Goal Zero, a solar power company, and consists of six USB connectors. There are 30-pin and Lightning plugs for iPhones and iPads and a micro-USB for Android and Windows phones. This gives people the charging power that they need to deal with a long commute home on public transportation or a long walk down city streets.
You’ll find chargers throughout NYC in Union Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park and Hudson River Park. Powered by three 15-watt solar panels and a 168 watt-hour battery, the chargers can run for several days without sunlight. This enables New Yorkers to use the devices even in rainy weather.
Forget about that long bus ride eating into your social media time. Power up before boarding and enjoy all the luxuries of using your smartphone while commuting. It sure beats talking to that weird guy sitting next to you. Besides, how else are you going to improve your score on Candy Crush without practice? Solar charging stations are the answer to every New York commuters’ prayers.
Street Charge will be available for use through October. If the charging stations are successful, AT&T is likely to try them out in other cities. Only time will tell if you’ll be seeing one pop up in your neighborhood. You might be the first among your circle of friends to try it out.
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