[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 14 May 2007, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Village gets mobile 'chatter box'
Phone bench
Locals have complained that the bench is getting broken
A mobile phone reception hotspot is being built in a south Devon village in the form of a 2ft (0.6m) mounted block.

The block will provide the only place where residents can access mobile phone networks in East Prawle.

It will replace a wooden public bench which people have had to stand on to make their calls.

District councillor Julian Brazil said: "You don't get a mobile telephone signal in East Prawle and people don't want a phone mast."

He said: "People have been complaining the bench is getting broken so it has been decided to get some sort of mounting block that people can use to get reception."

He said the block would cost about 100 to build - money Chivelstone Parish Council says it would have had to spend repairing the bench.




VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
People queue to stand on benches to make phone calls



SEE ALSO
Mobiles navigate the future
24 Jan 07 |  Science/Nature
Predictions for the mobile future
10 Jan 07 |  Technology

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific