October 27, 2005
UK gets first phone vending kiosk
The UK's first vending machine to dispense mobile phones was due to be unveiled today, according to Sctosman News.
"Vodafone's Quickphone kiosk has been installed in the company's stores in Manchester, with stock including handsets and sim packs.
If successful, the pilot scheme could "become a common sight everywhere from festivals to train stations", the company says.
Each machine will offer the customer a choice of three phones, and will be the first vending machine to use chip and pin technology, in addition to allowing customers to pay in cash."
It uses 3G technology to monitor stock levels, enabling the vending machine to be used in even the most remote locations."
Sorry, no picture yet anywhere of the Quickphone kiosk. Above photo is of a NTTdoCoMo cell phone vending machine in Tokyo.
Update - Engadget has a picture!
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