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London's getting a load of new phone boxes with free wifi (but they're NOT red)

Rosie Percy

Our bright red phone boxes are as synonymous with London as black cabs and Buckingham Palace – but that might not be for long, as a load of new phone booths are coming to the capital, and they're NOT red.

A new service from BT is introducing sleek super-modern kiosks called 'Links' to the streets of London. As well making calls (for free!), you'll be able to charge your phone, get directions and access ultra-fast free wifi. 

They'll also use sensors to report air pollution, weather and traffic conditions in real-time to help Londoners breathe, and commute, more easily.

These high-tech booths will be rolled out from next year, replacing some of the older phone booths that you'd currently need a hazmat suit and hepatitis vaccination to use. The first 100 Links will be installed across the Camden borough in 2017, with at least 750 appearing around central London and in other UK cities over the next few years. 

Sure, these swanky new phone booths will bring digital innovation and free public services to the streets of London, but will they ever be as iconic as our porn-papered, piss-soaked red booths? Only time will tell. 

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