ChargeBox - Charge your phone for free for 30 mins at many shopping centres in UK in secure locker
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ChargeBox - Charge your phone for free for 30 mins at many shopping centres in UK in secure locker

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Found 18th Jan 2016
More and more shopping centres are getting Chargebox Facilities. Examples are Manchester Arndale (food court, exchange court and winter garden) , Leeds Trinity, London Westfields East and west. It's a column in middle of mall/food court etc with 5 secure lockers. You just pop your phone in, connect to right connector, close the door, lock, take away key and return. If you're more than half an hour it stays locked all day so you don't need to remember what time you put it in.
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There are are couple of these in the Metrocentre (Gateshead) - have used them a few times ... due to iPhones etc .. being power hungry!
bluewater have these also - just downstairs from Starbucks
The Bullring (Birmingham) have these too.
shop while you get hacked and cloned no thanks
Can people really live without their phones for 30 mins?
What will they look at and do with their hands?
Make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave your house!!
It's a conspiracy, you plug your phone into the charger (USB) then it goes down the wire to China where they can erm...Read your messages and look at your photos.
Mark my words.

Just to confirm, I am being sarcastic.
Edited by: "Qrunch" 18th Jan 2016
Whatever next. So rather than just buying a small portable powerbank and charging on the go you instead put your phone in one of these things? And only like 5 people can use it? What a waste of space.
Think I have seen them in Meadow Hell, Sheffield
Qrunch

It's a conspiracy, you plug your phone into the charger (USB) then it … It's a conspiracy, you plug your phone into the charger (USB) then it goes down the wire to China where they can erm...Read your messages and look at your photos. Mark my words. Just to confirm, I am being sarcastic.



Gonna say. Why go through all the hassle of that, when your data is already available online or wirelessly.

I've noticed them in Westfield Stratford too.
jeff333

Think I have seen them in Meadow Hell, Sheffield


yes I have used it. People were scared to put it in as it was a scam and we wont get our mobiles back.
AW0079

Make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave your house!!


all iphone users suffer from this syndrome, 1 year and my battery last only few hours.
Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the shopping centre! I remember the days that they took all the bins away in fear of bombs being left.
Looking at the website I'm not so sure it is so secure. I presume if you have access to the inside - as any customer wanting to use one, it could be easy to replace the lock/key with your own that you have a duplicate of. You then could return the following day and help yourself to what ever has been left.
https://www.camlock.com/Prod_Img/series-5.jpg
If you intend to use one make sure there is not just a removable nut on the back to allow someone to switch it for a £1 ebay lock with a spare key. eg: ebay.co.uk/itm…670
You'd think they would have used a numerical pad and allowed people to enter their own choice of PIN to lock and retrieve it.

As others have said, using a normal key which can be easily copied is stupid and just asking for trouble.
I doubt the keys are copyable. Are they really that stupid to put in those types of locks?
Edited by: "credington" 18th Jan 2016


jeff333

Think I have seen them in Meadow Hell, Sheffield

jeff333

Think I have seen them in Meadow Hell, Sheffield


The o2 store upstairs in (the heavenly) Meadowhall will charge o2 customers phones for free for as long as you want.
Shatwell

Can people really live without their phones for 30 mins?What will they … Can people really live without their phones for 30 mins?What will they look at and do with their hands?



My bad! .. I thought that that's what the Bathroom was for ..... hahahahaha.
I can certainly see the benefits of these for shopping centres.

Customer's phone dies
Customer charges phone in a ChargeBox
Customer has 30 minutes to kill while phone is charging
Customer browses stores in the vicinity while waiting for phone to charge
Customer makes purchase in stores during charging time
Customer returns and picks up phone

Result: customer has more juice and store has made a sale
Edited by: "preecey" 19th Jan 2016
If I was the manager of a coffee / hot drinks store located in a shopping centre I would request one of these to be fitted close to my shop ... or I would fit phone charging cables at each table ... and watch as customers spend more time there.
yeah while they block a table and spent two quid just like you get now ....
0dd8a11

Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the … Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the shopping centre! I remember the days that they took all the bins away in fear of bombs being left.



Power a bomb? With a 5 volt lead? Are you serious or being sarcastic?
preecey

I can certainly see the benefits of these for shopping centres.Customer's … I can certainly see the benefits of these for shopping centres.Customer's phone diesCustomer charges phone in a ChargeBoxCustomer has 30 minutes to kill while phone is chargingCustomer browses stores in the vicinity while waiting for phone to chargeCustomer makes purchase in stores during charging timeCustomer returns and picks up phoneResult: customer has more juice and store has made a sale



Add to that customer no longer has phone on them to compare price of product to see if they could have got it cheaper online. Thus increasing chance of a sale.
0dd8a11

Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the … Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the shopping centre! I remember the days that they took all the bins away in fear of bombs being left.



This is sarcasm, right?
MaZSuPeR

shop while you get hacked and cloned no thanks


Just turn it off for half an hour (_;)
Where I work, most of the public just unplug the sweety vending machine, then sit down and beg for an hour or two.
0dd8a11

Looking at the website I'm not so sure it is so secure. I presume if you … Looking at the website I'm not so sure it is so secure. I presume if you have access to the inside - as any customer wanting to use one, it could be easy to replace the lock/key with your own that you have a duplicate of. You then could return the following day and help yourself to what ever has been left.If you intend to use one make sure there is not just a removable nut on the back to allow someone to switch it for a £1 ebay lock with a spare key. eg: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18mm-Safety-Cam-Lock-for-Cupboard-Cabinet-Locker-Drawers-Mailbox-Door-2-Keys-/121866446670



Do you know how many security cameras there are at Westfield and intu shopping centres that you will find these lockers? I am pretty sure fiddling around with the door of one of these for 5 minutes would alert suspicion.
Is there any charge if you go over 30 mins or does it just stop charging?
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Hastie86

Is there any charge if you go over 30 mins or does it just stop charging?


JUst stops - you don't put any card info or anything in.
They have one of these on top level of drake circus Plymouth
I found one of these in Leicester Town Centre, very useful and thanks for sharing
lukeo44

Just turn it off for half an hour (_;)


You think they cant hack it while its turned off ? ..................doh
0dd8a11

Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the … Seems a handy place to put a bomb that you can even power from the shopping centre! I remember the days that they took all the bins away in fear of bombs being left.


Remember the days as well,back in the 80s with the IRA.
Now it's ISIS / IS / ISIL / Daesh.Bombs can be detonated with a mobile device.
cicobuff

Do you know how many security cameras there are at Westfield and intu … Do you know how many security cameras there are at Westfield and intu shopping centres that you will find these lockers? I am pretty sure fiddling around with the door of one of these for 5 minutes would alert suspicion.


Not to mention the added 'security' recently @Westfield,in the wake of the recent Paris attacks.
0dd8a11

Looking at the website I'm not so sure it is so secure. I presume if you … Looking at the website I'm not so sure it is so secure. I presume if you have access to the inside - as any customer wanting to use one, it could be easy to replace the lock/key with your own that you have a duplicate of. You then could return the following day and help yourself to what ever has been left.If you intend to use one make sure there is not just a removable nut on the back to allow someone to switch it for a £1 ebay lock with a spare key. eg: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/18mm-Safety-Cam-Lock-for-Cupboard-Cabinet-Locker-Drawers-Mailbox-Door-2-Keys-/121866446670


That's a fair point.
They have one of these charging boxes @John Lewis cafe in Brent X,so you can charge your phone and also keep an eye on it whilst you are having your coffee.:)
dtc333

If I was the manager of a coffee / hot drinks store located in a shopping … If I was the manager of a coffee / hot drinks store located in a shopping centre I would request one of these to be fitted close to my shop ... or I would fit phone charging cables at each table ... and watch as customers spend more time there.


There's one @John Lewis cafe Brent X.:)
Edited by: "johnsmith1997" 20th Jan 2016
Cheers
Also at St Davids centre Cardiff. Theer is an app available to help you locate nearby chargebox facilities.
Edited by: "warweezil" 20th Jan 2016
these were good when they were first put in but they dont keep them up so idiots pull out the cables of phones that arent theres so the boxes arent taken or will break locks
credington

I doubt the keys are copyable. Are they really that stupid to put in … I doubt the keys are copyable. Are they really that stupid to put in those types of locks?



I'm surprised you even asked
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