I walked into a store the other day and when my eye caught hold of this I thought, “wow, that is some funky looking phone:
As I approached closer I saw that it was anything but a pay phone. It was a device that allowed you to recharge the battery of your cell phone, computer or camera – for a hefty price: $1 for 5 minutes, $2 for 10 minutes or $3 of 20 minutes.
Upon seeing this, it immediately reminded me of gas stations charging for air and water, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these caught on. Finding a pay phone in Japan these days can be difficult to downright impossible. With most of the population carrying a cell phone, pay phones aren’t worth the cost of installing anymore. So if you need to make a call and your battery has died, this may be your only option in some places.
I may have to spend a few hours at the store some day and see how often it gets used…