Vodafone tries out phone vending machine

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Manchester’s Vodafone stores are currently
trialling the new QuickPhone kiosks in an experiment which could eventually see
similar machines become commonplace in public places throughout the UK
. The
QuickPhone has a pretty simple concept: it can sell you anything from
cheap
pay-as-you-go mobiles to sim card packs costing between £5 and £30. The
machine
also showboats some of Vodafone’s other telecommunications technology;
3G
technology is used to monitor stock levels and arrange refills. Plus,
if you’re
worried about having to pump £30 in small change into a machine, they
even come
imbued with a ‘chip and pin’ system. I’m not particularly sure that
there is quite enough demand for instant access to cheap mobiles to
support a nationwide network of these vendors, especially with all
those pesky phone boxes about, but we’ll wait and see.

via The Scotsman

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