London is full of iconic red telephone booths. Unfortunately, since the invention of mobile phones, most of the phone booths are now useless.
I never found a working phone inside a red phone booth (and I did look …. I was curious!).
and so ……
Enter the solarbox!
The solarbox is an old red phone booth with an upgrade. It is painted green and has solar panels on the roof.
Step into the solarbox and you can plug in your phone or tablet to get power. FREE power. You’ll have to watch a few ads for the privilege, but I think most people would agree that that’s ok. A fine trade-off. A few ads for a power-up. Yay!
The solar box webpage sums it up with a single sentence:
“Transforming disused telephone boxes into free solar powered charging points for phones”
The first solarbox just ‘went live’ a few days ago, with plans to add 5 more around the city by April 2015.
Congratulations to the solarbox designers. A clever, clever idea that I’m guessing will spread to other cities as well.