Voda brings in ‘Chargebox’


Vodafone has launched a new battery charging service for customers to recharge their mobile phones, MP3 players and games machines.

From October, customers in selected stores will be able to hire a locker called a ChargeBox, which offers a range of different charging pins from different manufacturers, including Nokia, Apple and Sony.

Each locker has a single key which is kept by the customer whilst their device is left to charge.

Prices start at £1 for 30 minutes of charging, and a maximum of £2 for 90 minutes. Customers can pay by inserting the money directly in to the ChargeBox, or pay via text message.

Vodafone UK head of retail development Jonathan Dryland said: “We’re always looking for ways we can make the lives of consumers easier. The roll out of ChargeBox will give people that lifeline to make a call when they’ve ran out of battery power.

“We’ve made charging your phone in a store a more secure process, with a flexible payment method and plenty of choice about the devices people can charge whether they’re a Vodafone customer or not.

“Trials show this is a service that will really make a positive difference to consumers and we expect it to be a successful feature of our in-store customer service.”

Thirty Vodafone stores will provide the ChargeBox including those in Kings Cross St Pancras, Harrods in London, Birmingham Bull Ring,  Newcastle’s Douglas Way, Bristol Broadmead and Belfast’s Victoria Square.