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In Britain, iconic phone booths sell for £1 to give them a second life

Thousands of iconic British red telephone booths want to extend their lives by turning them into mini-museums or art galleries.

It is reported by Sky News.

BT said 4,000 street booths are being offered to communities as their use has become limited due to the proliferation of mobile phones.

Booths can also play a life-saving role by housing defibrillators, or be converted into small libraries with a selected collection of books.

Since 2008, communities have purchased more than 6,600 telephone booths for just £1 each through the Take Over the Booth program.

BT’s James Brown said: “Since most people now use mobile phones, this has led to a huge drop in the number of calls made from payphones.”

“We are now rationalizing our telephone set to make it fit for the future, and the Accept Booth scheme empowers local communities across to maintain their local phone booth with a renewed community purpose. Thousands of communities have already come up with a fantastic set of ideas for reusing their favorite local phone booth, “he added.

BT has also upgraded over 400 payphones in different cities into digital blocks called Street Hubs, offering free ultra-fast public Wi-Fi, USB charging, and environmental monitoring.



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