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Think Outside the Booth

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The United Kingdom’s signature red phone booths are still in demand, but not just for calls anymore. In response to resident requests, British Telecommunications began selling the booths for £1 in 2008. Now, more than 2,500 have been adopted.

Last year, two London School of Economics innovators fashioned one into a free cellphone charging station on Tottenham Court Road. The success of the solar-powered stall, visited about 80 times a day, led to funding for ten more in the city’s center, and the founders often receive queries from those around the globe who want to follow suit.

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The old Telephone Booth and The new Charging Cellphone Booth, London – UK

But technology isn’t the only way these booths reconnect with locals. Some have transformed into art galleries, coffee shops, defibrillator stations, and mini-libraries that operate on a take-one, leave-one policy and hold as many as 300 books. Gloucester company English Phone Boxes can even fulfill custom requests, which include everything from mini-offices to pint-size bars.

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  1. This would be an excellent conversation piece and/or furnishing in my home, is there any way someone could supply me with a link to possibly purchase one of these booths and have it shipped to me? My email address can be seen below. Please reply if at all possible.

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