London-based phone booth manufacturer, Nearplay systems, today announced the launch of the UK's first kiosks for recharging mobile phones and PDAs.
The Charge Me service will allow users of a whole variety of models, including Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Siemens, Sony, Samsung and even Palm devices, to recharge their mobile devices on the go.
Nearplay eventually plans to provide a charging point for all makes of devices.
"Charge Me offers significant commercial opportunities for mobile operators, service providers and retailers," says Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel Charge Me's director of business development.
"Mobile phone users will [also] benefit. How often have you been in the middle of an important call, only to be suddenly cut off because your battery went dead? It's common scenarios like this that make the Charge Me point such an obvious communications solution," Mrsic-Flogel explains.
Each kiosk will have 12 bays and a full charge will take from five to 10 minutes. There are two types of kiosk: the public coin operated models, which will charge users 50p for a five minute recharge, and a corporate model which will provide registered users with a free service.
Users can continue to use their devices even while they are charging.
The first Charge Me kiosk will be launched at the TMA 2002 convention in Brighton.
The company is currently in talks regarding the rollout of the booths in airports, hotels and shopping centres. It hopes the first kiosks will be installed by the end of the year.