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Thursday, 13 September 2018

+44208483204 O/S Peabody Trust Building, Fullham Pallace Rd, London, W6 9PH


+44208483204 O/S Peabody Trust Building, Fulham Palace Rd, London, W6 9PH



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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

+441227768856 Canterbury Bus Station, St Geroges Lane, Kent


+441227768856 Canterbury Bus Station, St Geroges Lane, Kent



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Thursday, 6 September 2018

There's more to our header image.


Massive thanks to Matthew Stone for telling us all about the actual location of our site's header image. Thanks to Matt we can reveal that the payphones' location is Bloor–Yonge station at 2 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON, M4W 1A8, Canada.



I was previously aware that their location was in Toronto this was thanks to a particularly rude email I received berating the then fact that we had an image of Canada heading our site when we had no actual callable payphones from the country. The situation now is different for Canada, again with thanks to our same Matt.

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+16474836060, 1200 Bloor St, W Toronto, ON, M6H 1N2, Canada


Here's a phone in the west end of the old city of Toronto. It does not have an outgoing service but people can call it with the phone number at the top of the booth (+16474836060). Calling the phone works fine but if you are restricting your phone number you'll get a message about it. There's another local blog post about it here: https://www.blogto.com/city/2018/09/phone-ringing-bloordale-toronto/.

Thanks to Matthew Stone for this neat contribution here.

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+442088979674, +442087594995, +442088974241, +442088974661, +442085647557, +442087598531, +442085648838 Departure Lounge, Terminal 3 Heathrow Airport


+442088979674, +442087594995, +442088974241, +442088974661, +442085647557, +442087598531, +442085648838
Departure Lounge, Terminal 3 Heathrow Airport



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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Phone Booth Micro Library, Lewisham Way, Lewisham Way, London SE8 4DL (no phone)




A project of the Brockley Society, this Red phone box has been turned into a book exchange - fitted with shelves and an instruction sign.  It's an example of BT's Adopt-a-Kiosk scheme which allows community interest groups to "adopt" a red phone box for the princely sum of £1, and turn it into something that benefits the community more than a phone would.  The Brockley Society apparently have three of these kiosks (at least according to this newsletter), from which they run a variety of projects.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

+442076231210 and +4420 72207992 O/S 6 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ


Outside a Tesco Metro and - apparently - a popular spot for tourists to stand around for ages and take photos of the Walkie Talkie (*cough*, I mean, 20 Fenchurch Street).

+442076231210 and +4420 72207992 O/S 6 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ

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Monday, 3 September 2018

+442087460911, InLink Kiosk, White City, London W12

+442087460911, InLink Kiosk, White City, London W12

What do you do when you have a payphone that nobody uses?  Use the telephone line to provide ultrafast broadband via wifi, of course!

BT's InLinkUK programme (the UK implementation of LinkNYC) is doing just that.

Take this (relatively unused) payphone next to White City underground station:


It used to sound something like this

And land a futuristic monolith over that phone!



Whilst they do offer UK landline and mobile phone calls, for free no less, over the Internet, they are not callable in of themselves.  Well, they are, but they just make weird tones at you (give it a go!).  

But what about the Wifi, you may ask, is it any good?  In fact, it's pretty flipping tasty!

Holy crap look at that upload speed! And the ping!

That's almost 10x the UK's average broadband download speed, and 34x the average upload speed!  Wow! Several people could perfectly happily stream 4K video simultaneously with that bandwidth.   Should you and twelve of your friends feel the need to watch Netflix whilst hanging around outside White City Underground station.

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Gunmakers Company, Commercial Road, City of London (inoperable)


This phonebox is situated just outside the Gunmakers Company, Proof House one of the livery companies of the City of London The Gunmakers company is one of the few livery companies which retains a link to the trade for which it was originally chartered - and to this day is responsible for testing the safety of gun barrels for all guns in the UK.

The premises for the Proof House was moved due to an explosion which blew part of the City (of London) Wall out - so the question is, which came first, the proof house or the phonebox?

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

New Contributor, @naxxfish


Payphonebox.com has a new contributor!


I'm @naxxfish (or simply Fish), and an aficionado and somewhat obsessive documenter of public telephones.


It all started many moons ago, when a group of people in London called Bob's Basement gathered on a semi-regular basis. One of the numerous geeky projects that were undertaken was a project called PayphoneDB - a database of payphones, including telephone numbers and pictures, collected by members of the group.


Sadly, this project evaporated with the group. But I had been diligently collecting the details of many phone boxes around the UK and the world in preparation for its resurrection. Sadly, that resurrection never came - some of the data found its way into OpenStreetMap (where the quality was sufficiently high), but the rest was lost to the ages.

Yet the habit of documenting payphones was formed ...

With no outlet, I opened the enigmatic (perhaps less so now) twitter account, @UKPayphones to post my photographs and details to the public domain.  Which is how I came across this project (or rather, this project came across me!) - and how I now come to be posting yet more phone box details to you, dear reader!

As well as the raw details about phone boxes, I hope to share a bit more detail about the context of the kiosks.  I'm, as an aspiring photographer, I am also working on a photo zine, entitled telephone: a catalogue of obsolescence - more details of which you are sure to hear soon!

Monday, 27 August 2018

+442072476476, White Church Lane, London, E1 7QR, United Kingdom


+442072476476, White Church Lane, London, E1 7QR, United Kingdom

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Now its easier to leave a comment here.

Some really cool news for the site with yet another update. We now have Disqus as our comment platform. Very briefly, you can use your facebook, twitter, disqus... profiles to leave a comment on a post here. You're even able to attach an image. All this makes your feedback here richer. Massive thanks to all the commenters over the years (your comments haven't been lost) I hope you all continue to enjoy the site.

Monday, 12 March 2018

+442038657161, LoveFone, Red telephone box, 23 Southampton Row (next to Sicilian Avenue), Holborn, WC1B 5HA

+442038657161, LoveFone, Red telephone box, 23 Southampton Row ()next to Sicilian Avenue), Holborn, WC1B 5HA

Back in December 2017, I was walking down towards Holborn (passed the British Museum) keeping an eye out for phoneboxes (like I usually do). I was in London on a visit after being away for a few Years. Knowing the area well I knew this phonebox pretty well and used to pass it regularly.

This one phonebox stopped me in tracks. Something that's not happened lately. There was a man sitting at a desk within it! I had to stop and see what this was all about. Turned out that the phone box has been turned into a mobile repair workshop servicing the mobiles of busy people living and working in this part of central London.

Ironic that an old classical phonebox has been turned into a service station for the very thing saw its own demise.

Robert, the technician sitting therein his warm and cosy phonebox with a whole manner of tools and replacement parts, was working on a phone that very moment.

You can give him a call or perhaps more appropriately send him an email at robert@lovefone.co.uk telling him that PayPhoneBox put you in contact.

Here's more about LoveFone on their own website: https://www.lovefone.co.uk/pages/about-us.


Tuesday, 6 March 2018

List of All Payphone Numbers in the UK

Here we have a massive leak and a treasure trove of information for UK payphone enthusiasts. Below is an embed of the very document (can be found at this link also https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j2qnzfpEPKbMXZITfEQhFuTn5n6taac4/view?usp=sharing and is searchable using ctrl + f).

It comes after being officially denied access to the contained information in a series of emails by myself with a BT official named Paul Jordan.

It is a great honour to be in possession of this information and to be able to share it with interested parties. Especially when outlets such as Nick Mutton's http://www.ukpayphone.com/ whom charge for this (although be it with additional information).




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Please Read - Now you can make this site your own!

Now you can make this site your own!


I am opening up this website to all payphone enthusiasts the world over. I really want to make it easy for 'you' to make this website your own and contribute easily your own payphone photos and telephone numbers here to this very site yourself.

As you can see we're hosted on blogger. We receive an immense amount of traffic and it would be a prised place for you to make your contributions. Blogger has an email post feature where you can easily submit a post to this site simply by sending a correctly formatted email with your photo(s) attached.

How to post here myself.

  1. Compose a new email.
  2. Format the subject like like this; full payphone number with international code, then provide the full address starting from the smallest geographical reference to the largest separating each point with a comma. See the following as a perfect example: +442079301397, Parliament Square Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AF United Kingdom
  3. Include the above subject line again at the start of the body of the message. Then on a new line provide your commentary as to the significance of the payphone. Why is it worthy? i.e. It's in a quirky place, it is callable, it is unique in some way,...
    Include links to Google Maps locations, YouTube Videos, Dropbox/Drive links for files.
    Remember this email will be published as it is sent so be careful what you include. What you type and send here will be displayed exactly as is on the site so check spelling.
    Don't forget to include your name and website address at the end for credit (if you wish).
  4. Attach your photos (jpgs) of the payphone in question. As many as you like up to 5MB in total size (You will receive a failure notification if it is too large. Correct and send again.).
  5. Here are the rules; don't spam, format the email/post as described above, make sure it is payphone relevant.
  6. Send the email to s.f.oswald.mypayphonepost@blogger.com.
  7. In a few moments, your post will go live. If there are too much spam and errors, I may need to enable moderation before posts go live. If you need to contact me for any reason my address is sfoswald+payphonebox@gmail.com.
I am going to email all the past contributors of payphones to this site informing them of this new feature. I hope that with them and the new contributors we can build a nice payphone community for ourselves an others interested.

Random Philidelphia Payphone from 2013

This one is pretty messed up. This one stands on a wall in the bad part of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Vandalized, and without a number. However, it works perfectly fine. It's pretty cool.

Thanks to Newman for this.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Fight Club

This is a screen shot of a payphone from Fight Club shown at 28:28. Note that there is a notice that reads, "no incoming calls allowed".
Great thanks to Mountain Mike for noticing this.