Mobile telephone call box used in Cameroon, 2008-2012

Made:
2008-2012 in Cameroon
MTN branded umbrella (2013-160) and mobile phone call box (2013-161), used in Cameroon, unknown maker, 2012. MTN is a MTN branded umbrella (2013-160) and mobile phone call box (2013-161), used in Cameroon, unknown maker, 2012. MTN is a

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MTN branded umbrella (2013-160) and mobile phone call box (2013-161), used in Cameroon, unknown maker, 2012. MTN is a
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Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

MTN branded umbrella (2013-160) and mobile phone call box (2013-161), used in Cameroon, unknown maker, 2012. MTN is a
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Small wooden mobile phone call box used in Bamenda, Cameroon in 2012, unknown maker, 2008-2012

The arrival of mobile phones provided many young people, including many women, with the opportunity to run a call box business, enabling them to become self-sufficient. This particular box was operated near Ntarinkon market in Bamenda, a town in the Northwest region of Cameroon, until 2012. It was later sold to the Science Museum. As with many call boxes, this example contributed to a rapidly transforming landscape which was being dramatically repainted in the colours of Orange, MTN and Camtel, the three mobile network operators in Cameroon at that time.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2013-161
Materials:
paint, plywood and wood (unidentified)
type:
call box
taxonomy:
  • built environment - hierarchy name
  • single built work- hierarchy name