Phone boxes were once just used for phone calls, but no more. The next evolution of BT’s famous phone box is to provide Londoners with the UK’s fastest free public wireless service.
Called InLinks, the new units will allow users to access both free internet and calls. They promise ultrafast speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
Metallic and grey, unlike their red predecessors, many are already in place on Camden High Street and will be switched on today. They are product of a joint venture between BT and Intersection, the firm behind a similar project in New York and advertising firm Primesight.
Chief executive of BT wholesale and ventures Gerry McQuade said:
This is the phone box of the future. InLinkUK from BT brings the payphone up-to-date and gives people the services they need and use every day in the 21st century – and the bonus is it’s all for free.
And the giveaways don’t stop there.
The boxes will have a charging point, so you can easily top-up your battery on the move. Meanwhile they will also have links to local information, enabling councils and community organisations to use the screens to provide up-to-the minute news and information to local residents.