Adopt a BT Phone Box for only £1 @ BT
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Adopt a BT Phone Box for only £1 @ BT

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Found 29th Dec 2016Made hot 29th Dec 2016
Did you know that you can adopt a classic red phone box in your community for just £1 and turn it into … well, that’s up to you.

Take a look at the details of our Adopt a Kiosk scheme business.bt.com/sol…ks/.

It only costs £1 to adopt a phone box. Kick-off the process with a simple email to [email protected]bt.com

So what would you do with your local phone box?

"The adopting community will be responsible for all support and maintenance of the kiosk and for any liability resulting from the kiosk or its use following completion of the transfer."

- mateypeeps

Thanks to heatherw_01 for the above info that us crucial to any decision "communities" make.
- mateypeeps

264 Comments

Banned

Thats pretty cool

Sparks11

So what would you do with your local phone box?



I'd probably start by getting rid of the smell of urine.

pretty cool idea, saw one today with a defibrillator in. shame the ones near me would just get trashed otherwise I'd be up for it

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andy2005morrell

pretty cool idea, saw one today with a defibrillator in. shame the ones … pretty cool idea, saw one today with a defibrillator in. shame the ones near me would just get trashed otherwise I'd be up for it


I used to work for BT and we was asked to come up with ideas of what to do with the phone boxes, the defibrillator was one of those...

Also using them as Phone charging ports and WiFi Hotspots was some other idea

The one in our village has power, tempting...

I'd turn it into an amergency phone power box. Add a few charging g Porte, led light it up...

Gotta be more useful than the current state. It's a classic phone box that o my accepts card payments.

They should make them into a portal to another dimension.

Why dont BT turn them all into wifi hotspots? Or low power mobile transmitters?

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118luke

Why dont BT turn them all into wifi hotspots? Or low power mobile … Why dont BT turn them all into wifi hotspots? Or low power mobile transmitters?


cheaper to sell them off and get other people to do it...

That's awesome.

Cheap accommodation... I wonder if they do buy to let?

I like the ones they make into libraries.

Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in them! There are plenty of people in the U.K. Who don't have landlines and/or mobiles. This is BT ignoring the poorest and elderly in our communities.

A phone box near to my village has been turned into a book swap with shelves of books from floor to ceiling.

rmw

Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in … Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in them! There are plenty of people in the U.K. Who don't have landlines and/or mobiles. This is BT ignoring the poorest and elderly in our communities.



​No there's not.

Sounds cool but is this a sneaky way of passing any liability on to the community/person? For example if it's vandalised or in dis-repair, is the new owner agreeing to fit any repair bills?

A pop-up brothel.

Electric vehicle rapid charging stations would be my 1st vote and 2nd would be a parcel delivery lockers such as the Amazon ones, possibly even fitted with a chiller for frozen foods for sainsburys... etc

for those boxes they couldn't be bothered with removing some odd 10 years ago.

Sparks11

I used to work for BT and we was asked to come up with ideas of what to … I used to work for BT and we was asked to come up with ideas of what to do with the phone boxes, the defibrillator was one of those... Also using them as Phone charging ports and WiFi Hotspots was some other idea

was you?

I think this will be big in today's hottest deals, but a word of warning... the dolphin I adopted stopped writing to me once it got my cash.

Turn it in to vending machine!

Handy when it's raining you could use your mobile phone in one

nutterburger

Sounds cool but is this a sneaky way of passing any liability on to the … Sounds cool but is this a sneaky way of passing any liability on to the community/person? For example if it's vandalised or in dis-repair, is the new owner agreeing to fit any repair bills?



Why would BT still maintain it if its no longer to be used as a phone point and not in their interest? These boxes are iconic and it's nice to see them so just ripping them out without offering out for other usage isn't a first option.
Edited by: "azda81" 29th Dec 2016

Paint it gold and claim I won a gold medal.

rmw

Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in … Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in them! There are plenty of people in the U.K. Who don't have landlines and/or mobiles. This is BT ignoring the poorest and elderly in our communities.



How often do you see a phone box with a phone in it that hasn't been vandalised these days.

Mobile phones are available at throwaway prices.

I suppose you could always turn one into a mobile phone vending machine

"Community".. lol..

My village turned one into a children's library

Do what BT should have done 20 years ago, the public voted for this years ago (normally on a Friday and Saturday night), and fit a urinal.X)

a convention centre for all my friends

we have a couple of in our area, one houses a village book swap, another is decorated according to season and most recently one has been proposed to house the parish defibrillator.

smallclone

I'd probably start by getting rid of the smell of urine.



Yes indeed, in their day these were used more as a toilet than for making telephone calls.
I suggest they are not really suitable as WIFI hotspots, rather more suited as DOGGING venues.

smallclone

I'd probably start by getting rid of the smell of urine.



Or turn it into a proper urinal, as they always seem to be sited where there's a demand
Edited by: "melted" 29th Dec 2016

Most local Councils won't even pay to have pot-holes fixed, so there is probably stuff-all chance of them taking on full legal liability for owning and maintaining these boxes.

Oh, and let's not forget the insurance. If someone vandalises / crashes into these boxes, I would imagine the cost of getting replacement panels from BT would be only marginally less than buying a Flux Capacitor. Remember the "good old days" when you could only buy telephones from BT, and it took a month or two for them to install them? (a bit like TalkTalk broadband really, lol)

rmw

Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in … Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in them! There are plenty of people in the U.K. Who don't have landlines and/or mobiles. This is BT ignoring the poorest and elderly in our communities.



You'd be better off buying a £10 phone & some credit instead of the amount phoneboxs rinse you.

I would pay to knock it down, just an eyesore these days

rmw

Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in … Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in them! There are plenty of people in the U.K. Who don't have landlines and/or mobiles. This is BT ignoring the poorest and elderly in our communities.


The fact that you have mobiles available from just £10 these days, and that you can make calls for just 3p per minute (Three Pay As You Go) or 10p an hour (Talk Mobile Pay As You Go), your comment does seem about ten years out of date.
Edited by: "preecey" 29th Dec 2016

rmw

Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in … Bit out there but......don't ridicule me.....why not have pay phones in them! There are plenty of people in the U.K. Who don't have landlines and/or mobiles. This is BT ignoring the poorest and elderly in our communities.



They aren't getting rid of the kiosks that are still utilised by the public, but some of these things don't get used for years at a time.

We had one local to us in an urban area that BT were decommissioning, which caused uproar in the community due to being an essential service for those without mobiles. Turns out there hadn't been a call made on it in nearly two years.

Also, not sure what the elderly have got or do with it. Are they more inclined to leave their home to go and make a call?
Edited by: "Marekj" 29th Dec 2016

Darzen

They should make them into a portal to another dimension.



Yours isn't?

can you take it home or does it have to stay where it is?

For the avoidance of doubt the Seller is not selling the land beneath the … For the avoidance of doubt the Seller is not selling the land beneath the Kiosk nor shall the Buyeracquire that land under this agreement.



Damn, I wanted to dig a tunnel between two of them.

Anyway, can these be removed and re-sited? There doesn't seem to be any mention of this in the 'contract' other than:

The Seller shall be under no obligation to the Buyer to re-site, … The Seller shall be under no obligation to the Buyer to re-site, re-position, restore or repair theGoods. The Buyer acknowledges that it purchases the Goods in no better condition than describedin the schedule hereto and by making payment is deemed to have accepted their condition.


Edited by: "topss" 29th Dec 2016

I want the one next to big Ben that's constantly being photographed, would be an awesome advertising opportunity.
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