Mobile telephone call box used in Cameroon, 2008-2012

2008-2012 in Cameroon

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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.

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paint, plywood, wood (unidentified)
call box
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