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Futuristic telephone booths in Paris

Futuristic telephone booths in Paris

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In the age of broadband internet, mobile telephony and VOIP, the use of standard telephonic booths for communication has been declining and not surprisingly. In what may be a new lease of life, from April 9th, 2010 onwards, Parisians will witness the futuristic telephone booths.

 

In addition to serving their telephonic use, these booths will also allow users to browse the internet for 10 minutes (free service for the experimental period of 6 months) using a tactile 17-inch screen and step-by-step instructions (for instance to find train timetables, museum address, location of Vélib’ bike stations, etc.) and to make phone bookings in Parisian restaurants. These phone booths could become tools of geo-localisation for those who don't have navigation gadgets.

 

 

For the next 6 month, Parisians and tourists alike will be able to discover these new telephone booths that have been installed at 12 different locations* in Paris- from touristic areas to residential quarters- Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Champs-Élysées, the Marais, Haussmann, Montparnasse, Bercy etc.
 

New telephone booth in Paris by France Telecom- Orange

© Olivier Vigerie- agence Osmose

 

 

These futuristic new booths have been designed by Patrick Jouin and developed by JCDecaux in keeping with aesthetics of Paris urban landscape. The project is spearheaded by Orange (for development) and JCDecaux (design and maintenance).

 

 

Currently, there are 5299 'standard' telephone booths dotting the Paris landscape. The booths have not changed since their first introduction in 1881 at the Universal Exhibition of Paris.

 

 

*Locations of the new telephone booths:

The Marais: 1, rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris

Saint-Michel : 20, bd Saint Michel, 75006 Paris

Saint-Germain : 142, bd Saint Germain, 75006 Paris

Montparnasse: 77, bd du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris

near Eiffel Tower: Quai Branly and western foot of tower, 75007 Paris

Champs Élysées : 48 & 136, avenue des Champs Élysées, 75008 Paris

Haussmann: 40, bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris

Bercy: 26, rue des Pirogues de Bercy, 75012 Paris

Place d’Italie: 213, bd Vincent Auriol, 75013 Paris

Montmartre : 16, bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris

La Villette : 219, avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris

 

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