We all know Britain's iconic red phone booths — they're as British as Queen Lizzie or a chicken tikka curry. So what happens when the service they offer becomes redundant? You turn them into smart phone repair workshops.
British phone repair company Lovefone is in the process of renovating 35 phone booths across Britain, transforming them into stations where people can get their smartphones and tablets fixed. The results of their efforts are going to come in very handy after you've drunk a pint too many and dropped your electronic goods into the loo.
The revamped booths will also offer free charging stations and wifi, as well as an underfloor safe that protects electronic goods while they await pick-up. A similar but definitely not as cool idea has been in place in Australia for a while, with Telstra equipping their pay phones with routers to give their customers wifi access when they're nearby. Unfortunately, this service is only available to certain Telstra users — but it does pave the way for other networks to run with the idea in the future.
Other countries around the globe have come up with their own novel ideas for repurposing phone booths. One phone booth in New York has been revitalised with the addition of shelves, converting it into a library. Citizens donate unwanted texts, with the book exchange working on a honesty-based policy. We're thinking that there has to be a market for this in Australia.
Back in the UK, the Red Kiosk Company allows you to rent and run your own business from a phone booth. A number of cafes now lease phone booths as their cafe shopfronts — and one guy even opened up his own phone booth salad store. So take note entrepreneurs: your dreams of opening up your own quirky cafe might be just around the corner, literally.