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BT is replacing London's phone boxes with free Gigabit WiFi and phone charging

Free WiFi, phone charging and UK calls

BT is replacing London's phone boxes with free Gigabit WiFi and phone charging

BT is replacing London's phone boxes with free Gigabit WiFi and phone charging

 
Let's be honest, in the modern day phone booths are pretty useless, having been replaced in the modern age by mobile phones and requiring potential users to carry plenty of spare change in order to make a call. What if these old telephone boxes could be made a little more useful, updated for the modern age with useful tools and features that go well beyond just making a phone call. 

BT has now partnered with LinkNYC, a company that previously installed gigabit-speed wireless access points all around New York city, with BT planning to convert old public telephone boxes in London into LinkUK stations, with up to 100 planned installations in Camden in early 2017.  

The LinkUK station will provide Londoners access to free WiFi, two USB ports for free charging as well as access maps, directions and make phone calls to UK landlines and mobile phones. These stations will have two 55 inch displays on each side, which will display advertisements, which will pay for the free services that the LinkUK stations provide.  

  

BT is replacing London's phone boxes with free Gigabit WiFi and phone charging  

This will mean that those in London will be able to use these stations to charge their phone if they need to, provided that they carry a charging cable and allow the public to access maps, the internet and make UK calls if required. With LinkUK stations there is no longer a need for traditional phone booths, giving the public a lot of useful tools at the cost of two 55" advertisements. 

One other thing to note is that 5% of the adverts for these stations will be dedicated to non-commercial goods, allowing it to give councils and other local authorities to use the booth to give useful notifications or warnings. 

In early 2017 up to 100 LinkUK stations will be installed in early 2017, with at least 750 total LinkUK stations planned for London and other major UK cities over the next few years. 

 

You can join the discussion on BT's LinkUK stations on the OC3D Forums

 

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27-10-2016, 20:11:13

Kushiro
Free phone charging???? Makes me want to move back to the UK Quote
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