From OpenStreetMap Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Public-images-osm logo.svg booth
K6 phonebox Shustoke.JPG
The physical design of the phonebox, how it looks. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: in use

The design of a telephone box, how it looks.


This is a properties tag and should mostly be used in combination with telephone.

Many phone boxes have found new uses; e.g., housing defibrillators, public bookcases or tourist information.

Values in use in Germany

Value Description Example picture
FeH_26 Octagonal in blue or yellow with five windows per side and the writing (in gothic script) "Offentlicher Fernsprecher" at the top
FeH 26
FeH_32 Rectangular with seven windows per side in yellow or red, with a flared roof edging with "Fernsprecher" (in gothic script)
Feh 32 phone box
FeH_55 Rectangular, made of steel with just one window per side
Feh 55 Phone Box
originally yellow, this one has been converted into a book swap and has been painted red
TelH_78 Rectanguar with curved in corners in yellow, two window per side (also with curved corners)
TelH 78
TelH_90 Originally grey and magenta with full length windows
TelH 90
TelH_90_Sh Eight windows per side (in four rows) with pointy roof.
TelH 90 Sh telephone box
TelH_90_Sm Mostly glass sided with pillar at each corner.
TelH 90 Sm
TelH_08 A silver cabin made of stainless steel with four windows, without any door.
Telefonkabine ohne Tür.png
Telefonsäule Telephone with support but no shelter
Please do not use this value, because 'Telefonsäule' is not a booth. The correct key for describing this kind of telephone and its cover is model=*. For details, please have a look at the German page for amenity=telephone for how these German models of telephone pillars get tagged.
Telefonsäule Dortmund Hbf.jpg

Values in use in Ireland

Value Description Example picture
K1 Early phone box, rare, made of concrete, originally painted white and green.
K1 Mk235 Telephone Kiosk
Telefon Early phone box, quite rare, made of concrete, originally painted white.

There are also wooden replica Telefon boxes containing defibrillators.

Telefon phone box
Stoneybatter Area Of Dublin (Manor Street) - Public Phone Kiosk - panoramio.jpg
Teileafon Modern open kiosk with internet
Teileafón kiosk, Eyre Square, Galway

Values in use in Norway

Value Description Example picture
Riks There are 100 preserved in Norway, some used as book swaps.
RIKS Bryggen.jpg

Values in use in United Kingdom

Value Description Example picture
K1 Early phone box, quite rare, made of concrete, originally painted white.


K1 phone box
K2 Large cast iron phone box, mainly only found in London, is larger than the more common K6 and has 18 portrait orientated window panes per side compared to the landscape orientated window panes found in the K6.


K2 and K6 phoneboxes
K2 phonebox (right) next to K6 phonebox (left)
K3 Cheaper concrete version of the K2, very few remaining.


K3 phone box
K4␣Post␣Office Combined phonebox and postbox, similar to K2 phonebox but larger and with a postbox and stamp machine on one side. There are only six left in the UK.


K4 phonebox
K6 Most common type of red BT phone box, usually red (except in Hull where they are white/cream) or where they have been repurposed.


K6 phone box
K8 Phone box with just a single window pane per side produced in the 60s and 70s usually red, but white/cream in Hull.


K8 phone box
KX100 Aluminium and glass phone box produced in the 80s and 90s, some have doors some do not.


KX100 phone box
KX200 Half a booth made of aluminium and glass


KX200 phone box
KX300 A three sided version of the KX100.


KX300 phone box
KX410  KX410
KX420  KX420
KX420 phone box
KX520  KX520
KXPlus Aluminium and glass phone box produced since the 90s, very similar to the KX100 but with a domed plastic roof.


KXPlus phone box
oakham Small yellow telephone cover said to resemble Oakham meat tins
ST6 An advertising board with a phone stuck on the back.

(ST is abbreviation for Street Talk)


ST6 phone box
InLink Double-sided electronic freestanding advertising board with WiFi, tablet, USB ports and free public phone on the narrow side.


BT InLink Telephone, WiFi and Advertising Board
NWPyramid New World payphone; three-sided box with a pyramid top. can have a phone icon on the roof edge, and WiFi. Usually black or red.
NWCapped New World payphone; three-sided box with a pyramid top, capped with a smaller pyramid. can have a phone icon on the roof edge, and WiFi. Usually black or red.
New World Capped telephone box.jpg

This tagging is used for public telephones (amenity=telephone). The tag covered=booth was chosen because the tag shelter=yes does not have the same meaning. shelter=yes on an object shows that there is an amenity=shelter at this object and this is not the same as a phone booth. A phone booth is intended to cover the person who is using the phone, but it's not a shelter where several people can wait on a bus or stay protecting them from rain comfortably.

Please note that covered=booth is the above-tag for the key booth=*, which specifies the type of booth.

For tagging a phone booth which is used as a public bookcase, please use amenity=public_bookcase + public_bookcase:type=phone_box + booth=<boothtype> instead. covered=booth is not so appropriate for these, because this tag describes how a feature is covered, not the feature itself (which would be a public bookcase then). Former phone booths which are public bookcases now are the one exception where booth=* can be added without adding covered=booth before.

See also