BT is set to scrap around 20,000 of the UK’s remaining 40,000 telephone boxes and focus on the ones in locations where people are more likely to use them.
Back in 1992, before mobile phones became popular, there were 92,000 telephone boxes in the UK. But 25 years later, that number is soon to become just 20,000. Telephone boxes today still handle 33,000 calls a day, but a third of the boxes remaining are never used to make calls.
BT have said that many phone boxes have become a burden and were expensive to repair and maintain
Maintenance Costs – 360group – VoIP Cambridgeshire
A BT spokesperson said: “BT is committed to providing a public payphone service, but with usage declining by over 90% in the last decade, we continue to review and remove payphones which are no longer used,”
BT intends to scrap half of the telephone boxes within the next five years.
Over half of the boxes lose money and the number of calls is declining by around 20% per year.
BT have stated that the maintenance costs them around £6 million every year, as they are responsible for any damages such as broken glass and removing graffiti.
End of An Era
It is now estimated that around 93% of all people in the UK now own a mobile phone, with 98% of the population having some form of internet access.
Telephone boxes are still used by children, the elderly as well as people in emergencies when smartphone batteries run out.
Adopt a Koisk
In areas where telephone boxes are not being used, many local communities have transformed and preserved them by buying them for £1 from BT.
The scheme is called Adopt a Kiosk, so far, more than 4,000 kiosks have been ‘adopted’ with some turning into mini-libraries and art galleries.
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