Nimans is urging resellers that it’s not too late to adapt their customers’ payphones to the latest version of the £1 coin.
The new ‘super secure’ £1 coin arrived earlier this year and by October, the old £1 coin was no longer legal tender. According to Nimans, the exclusive UK supplier of Solitaire payphones, this has had a significant impact on payphones across the country.
Nimans is now advising resellers that’s it’s not too late to adapt customers’ devices, with help and advice available if required. All New Solitaire Payphones, supplied since January 2016, will accept the revised £1 coin but existing models already on-site will need updating.
Jeff Wilkes, Solitaire’s Managing Director said, “we estimate that from around 500,000 Solitaire payphones sold in the UK around 50,000 are still in service. Some older units will need to be replaced but many others need updating either on-site or returned to us.
“Demand for payphones remains strong in niche areas and the new £1 coin is having a big impact. It’s not too late for resellers to adapt machines. There’s a lot of activity going on and requests are still coming in everyday for updates. Hospitals are some of the most popular sites just now and help is available for resellers if needed.
“As part of the New £1 update project we have travelled from Tresco on the Scilly Isles, to Northumberland, West Wales, Norwich and Bexhill and all points of the compass in between. Barnsley, Tameside Warrington and Stafford are next on the agenda. There’s still plenty of work to do.”