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Green phone boxes to charge mobile phones in London

3 October 2014 Last updated at 09:26 BST

Old phone boxes in London are being brought back to life with a new use - as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones.

The first of six boxes was unveiled on Tottenham Court Road in the capital this week.

The service is free to use although users will be shown adverts as they wait for their phone to charge.

BBC technology reporter Dougal Shaw checked one out with Harold Craston, one of the team of newly-graduated students from London School of Economics who developed the new 'solarbox'.