Charge your phone on the fly

London-based independent mobile phone kiosk manufacturer, Nearplay Systems, has announced the launch of Charge Me, the UK’s first re-charge kiosk service for mobile phones and PDAs.

Charge Me will be officially soft launched at the TMA2002 Convention in Brighton from 21-23 October, 2002 where the Charge Me kiosks will be on show for the first time.

‘How often have you been in the middle of an important call, only to be suddenly cut off because your battery went dead?’ said Dr. Janko Mrsic-Flogel, Charge Me’s Director of Business Development. ‘What happens if you are constantly on the move, and you cannot find a power-socket anywhere to plug in your charger? It’s commonplace mobile phone scenarios like this, that make the Charge Me re-charge point such an obvious communications solution.’

Charge Me will run a pilot service at various public locations in the Greater London area starting from November 2002. Venues will include Victoria and Waterloo stations and London Heathrow Airport.

Charge Me kiosks have been designed to charge mobile phones in up to 10 minutes from a single power-socket. Each kiosk will include 12 charging bays to accommodate different mobile phones, including Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, Siemens, Sony, Samsung.

Charge Me will initially provide public coin-operated and corporate models.

With the coin operated model, charging times will range from 5 to 10 minutes, where a 5 minute re-charge will cost 50p, and a 10 minute re-charge will cost £1. The corporate model will provide the re-charge service free of charge and will be available in hotels, shops and restaurants.