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BT's Public Wi-Fi Boxes Are Definitely Going to be Used For Porn

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

BT has announced that it will start installing modern-day versions of the phone box, called Links, in the UK beginning next year. They’ll provide free Wi-Fi (up to 1GB/s), calls and charging on the streets, and are almost certainly going to be, ahem, misused, by ballsy members of the public.

They'll also offer free use of a tablet -- one that'll inevitably get real sticky real early -- and will use a range of sensors to capture data like air pollution and traffic, which will be used for other services.

The new kiosk type things, which will apparently fund themselves because they’ll also serve as giant BT ads, will replace hundreds of BT’s existing phone boxes, so expect outrage from some saddos who just can’t let go.

The rollout will -- naturally -- begin in London in 2017, but at least 750 Links are set to pop up in the capital and other major UK cities over the next few years.

“We’re evolving the phone box to make it relevant in the 21st century by offering people ultrafast Wi-Fi and a range of digital and information services entirely for free,” said Gerry McQuade the CEO of BT wholesale and ventures.

We’ve read a bunch of stories recently, involving uncontrollably horny guys in India and the US mistaking a free public Wi-Fi connection as an invitation to fire up the smut and pull their nasty bits out for vigorous stroking. Our advice for the Link: be careful not to slip as you approach one. [BT]