Green Telephone Boxes

Until the arrival of the mobile phone, bright red kiosks containing public telephones were a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom. Although they are much less common now, red telephone boxes can still be seen in many places and they have become a much loved and iconic British symbol.

Telephone boxes which are no longer needed are about to be put to a new use in London. They are being transformed into solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones and the first one opened in central London this week.

The service is completely free to use, although customers will be shown advertisements as they wait for their phone to charge.  The solarbox can charge up to 100 phones a day and will serve about six people per hour. One important difference is the colour, as new boxes are bright green.


a kiosk                      a small structure on a street

a charging station     a place to charge your phone battery