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Telephone kiosk June 13, 2021

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Saw the first of these today down in Clontarf – new telephone kiosks which according to the Journal are being provided by eir.

The company said that it had agreed to work with Councils to provide alternatives to the old kiosk-style payphones after the Commission for Communications Regulations removed Eir’s obligations to provide payphones earlier this year. 

According to Eir, 22 new ‘Digital Pedestal’ phone kiosks with touch-sensitive screens and advertising space will be installed in Dublin City.

These new kiosks will be “suitable for wayfinding and where the council can advertise upcoming festivals and services, all housed in a modern aesthetically pleasing unit,” Eir said in a report to Green Party Councillor Janet Horner.

They’re a strange unit, whatever about aesthetically pleasing. From some angles they look like a full telephone box, but then one walks around them and they’re clearly a kiosk. And Horner makes a solid point that these add to clutter rather than taking it away given that there are already older telephone boxes in situ. 

Curious timing too in placing phone kiosks in the public space during what remains a pandemic. 

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1. EWI - June 13, 2021

Saw some of these during the week on the Northside, with one (very obvious) key feature in our glorious neoliberal present.

These new kiosks will be “suitable for wayfinding and where the council can advertise upcoming festivals and services, all housed in a modern aesthetically pleasing unit,” Eir said in a report to Green Party Councillor Janet Horner.

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WorldbyStorm - June 13, 2021

Completely agree, they’re advertising platforms, not communication networks.

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2. Mick 2 - June 13, 2021

Have seen some of these still wrapped up in plastic around Dublin. My first thought was that I thought phone boxes were being phased out because shur everyone has their phones stapled to their hands these days and would no sooner leave home without a fully charged phone than leave home without their pants on but that they’re still necessary. Indeed, I was surprised to see a fella using one of the old Eircom ones the other day. My recollection is that they were one-armed bandits and would gratuitously refuse to give you change out of a €2 / £2 coin even if your call lasted five seconds and cost 20 p.

Anyhoo, can’t we have some seats? You can put ads on them too…

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