Payphone alert spent pound coins
Payphone alert spent pound coins.
TIME is almost up for resellers to adapt thousands of pay phones across the country to the new ‘super secure’ £1 coin before the old coin goes out of circulation and ceases to be legal tender on October 15th.
An estimated one in 30 old £1 coins were fake so the Royal Mint created a new 12 sided version said to be the most secure in the world.
“With the launch of the new secure £1 coin now over three months ago, the campaign to encourage people to return the 1.7 billion round pounds in circulation is entering the final stages,” commented solitaire’s MD Jeff Wilkes.
All New Solitaire Payphones supplied since January 2016 will accept the revised £1 coin but existing models already on-site will need updating he pointed out. “Of the circa 500,000 Solitaire payphones sold in the UK around 50,000 are still in service,” he said. “Some older units will need to be replaced but many others need updating either on-site or returned to us. “Resellers need to be advising their customers now about how to adapt their existing machines before it’s too late. Calls and emails are coming in every day. The penny is starting to drop – or should that be the pound – but time is almost up”
Nimans is the exclusive distributor of Solitaire payphones in the UK.