The city won't have to pay anything for the units, and if the pilot program is a success, it will get 36 percent of the ad revenue. The city currently makes $18 million a year from pay phones, between advertising and calls—which must break down to $17,999,999.75 from advertising and $0.25 from that one person who used a pay phone last year because his or her cell phone died.
Critics of the plan note that smart phones already do much more than these Tablets Lite, that "everybody" already has a smart phone, and thus these are a waste of money. Supporters contend that not literally everybody has a smart phone. New York Post commenters also say these'll be a waste of money, because "as usual, the animals will destroy" them.
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