The phonebox of the future is coming to London


Blackleaf
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BT is preparing to roll out a futuristic new phone box that offers free calls and WiFi.

The ultramodern Link kiosks will open on major high streets across London next year and will come complete with charging points, maps access and tourist information.

BT said the rollout marked 'the next evolution' of its public payphones and would bring digital innovation fit for the modern age to the streets of the UK's capital...


The phonebox of the future: BT rolls out futuristic new kiosks next year offering free calls and ultrafast Wi-Fi

BT is to roll out futuristic phone boxes that offer free calls and speedy WiFi
Ultramodern Link kiosks will open on high streets across London next year
They will come with charging points, map access and tourist information


By EMMA GLANFIELD FOR MAILONLINE
25 October 2016

BT is preparing to roll out a futuristic new phone box that offers free calls and WiFi.

The ultramodern Link kiosks will open on major high streets across London next year and will come complete with charging points, maps access and tourist information.

BT said the rollout marked 'the next evolution' of its public payphones and would bring digital innovation fit for the modern age to the streets of the UK's capital.


The ultramodern Link kiosks (pictured) will open on major high streets across London next year and will come complete with charging points, maps access and tourist information


The futuristic new BT phone box will offer free calls, access to maps and ultra-fast WiFi

Hundreds of BT's existing phone boxes - including the classic red boxes - will be replaced by the new Links, which will take up less space on the pavement.

However they will be installed in smaller numbers than the payphones they replace, with 'at least 750' appearing across central London and other cities over the next few years.

Users within range of a Link will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 1Gbps, and the kiosks will offer free UK landline and mobile phone calls, mobile device charging via two USB charging ports and a touch-screen tablet for accessing maps, directions and local services.

The Links will also have sensors to capture real-time data relating to the local environment, such as air and noise pollution, outdoor temperature and traffic conditions, with potential for the information to be fed into smart services.

BT said the service would be funded by revenue from advertising on the Links' digital displays.

Rajesh Agrawal, London's deputy mayor for business, said: 'I welcome this exciting new addition to [our] streets.


Hundreds of BT's existing phone boxes - including the classic red and red-and-black boxes (both above) - will be replaced by the new Links, which will take up less space on the pavement

'Expanding London's digital infrastructure is a priority for the Mayor, and LinkUK can play a big part in improving connectivity for Londoners and visitors to our city, while reducing street clutter by upgrading and reducing the number of phone boxes.

'London is already widely regarded as one of the technological capitals of the world but the Mayor is determined to improve connectivity across the city to ensure we maintain that position.'

Gerry McQuade, BT chief executive for wholesale and ventures, said: '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.

'London is one of the greatest cities in the world and it's entirely fitting that it becomes the first UK city to benefit from the Links.

'But we will be rolling out many more Links to the other great cities across the UK over the coming months as we look to transform the look and functionality of our public payphones.'

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