Payphones will become a thing of the past in Aberdeen city centre as part of a new initiative.
New devices, called InLink, will be installed by telecommunications giant BT, with Aberdeen the second city in Scotland to get the service.
Aberdeen City Council has approved plans for 10 new kiosks in the city centre that will provide ultrafast wi-fi and allow people to make calls.
It will see around 21 payphones removed from the city centre, with residents instead able to make free calls and access mobile phone charging points.
A spokesman at BT said: “We’re delighted that Aberdeen City Council has approved our plans to install the InLink from BT service in Aberdeen.
“We intend to install 10 of the new units in places such as Union Street and George Street.
“We’ll be replacing more than 20 existing payphones in the centre of Aberdeen, freeing up lots of pavement space.
“When live, the InLink service will provide free calls to UK landline and mobiles and free ultrafast wi-fi.”
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The spokesman added: “The service also provides more than 1,000 hours of free community advertising for the council.
“Aberdeen joins Glasgow as only the second city in Scotland to benefit from the new service.
“More than 215,000 people across 13 UK cities are making use of the UK’s fastest free wi-fi and more than 1.6 million free calls have been made been made.
“We’re sure Aberdonians and visitors to the city will enjoy the benefits the InLink service will bring.”
Geoff Cooper, Aberdeen Inspired city centre manager, added: “Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council brought the issue of an excess of bulky public pay phone kiosks to the attention of BT.
“The response from BT has been very encouraging and they have brought forward a very positive plan to replace our ageing and often poorly positioned payphones with the latest in modern telecommunications.
“The new InLink service will be a real enhancement to our city centre providing free high-speed wi-fi.”