Is it the end of the famous red BT phone box?
BT’s famous red coloured phone box was a landmark of many British streets; however, since the advent of the mobile phone, these objects have often become neglected, with vandals ensuring they cannot be used again.
While the rest of the country may no longer see many of these phone boxes in their local area, London still appears to hold affection for them. What is more, they appear to have become popular once more, with people snapping up refurbished boxes and paying around £2,000 to own one.
It seems that while most people prefer to make a call from the handheld device, the humble red telephone box still holds affection in the hearts of many people. The boxes in London usually end up in what has been called a red box graveyard, where experts meticulously restore them to their former glory.
While a lot are sold, some are returned to the streets of London. It is also expected that they will be used during the Olympic Games, despite the proliferation of smartphones.
Others, though, are being sold off to anyone who would like one, as confirmed by Richard Parker, who has been charged with disposing of the phone boxes. He recently said: “The phones haven’t stopped ringing, if you’ll excuse the pun. We’ve had over 600 calls from across the globe – Australia, America, the Far East – from people wanting their own piece of British heritage. Thirty boxes have been allocated already