Once upon a time, Britain was known for its bright red telephone boxes, the UK equivalent of the pay phones we know and love here in the United States. However, these days, the pay phone on both sides of the Atlantic is a reminder of a time before constant communication, and increasingly phone booths are being removed, abandoned, or destroyed. However, one company has a good idea of what to do with all those telephone booths and call boxes: turn them into cellphone chargers. Solarbox equips a phone booth with solar power, batteries, and four chargers, then opens it up to the public as a free charge point for travelers on the go.
“The energy is stored in a battery, so you can even charge your mobile phone during the night or when there is no sun,” said Harold Craston, the co-founder of solarbox. ”We wanted to show that we could use public spaces in a positive way, and that London should try to become more green.”
The first Solarbox is already up outside the entrance of the Tottenham Court Road tube station in London. Located near London’s shopping district, it’s one of the busiest places I’ve ever been in the world, so that’s going to be a great test of Solarbox’s ability to handle a high amount of traffic. Fingers crossed it works, because there’s nothing worse than having to look for an outlet when your phone is dying.Technorati Tags: britain, harold craston, old payphones used as cell chargers, phone charging station in payphone, solarbox, telephone box, tottenham court road