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Public-images-osm logo.svg amenity = telephone
Red telephone box - geograph.org.uk - 919348.jpg
A public telephone. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: amenities
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)
Useful combination
See also
Status: de facto

A public telephone.

A phone box, or telephone on a stand or wall. Usually you pay to use them, often only via a pre-pay card.

The phone amenity may be indoors inside some other amenity e.g. in a hospital, but the tag indicates a "public" telephone, available as an amenity for the public to use (so not the receptionists' telephone in a hospital)

How to map

Place a node node where the telephone is and tag it with amenity=telephone. Where several telephones are arranged side by side, arrange several similar nodes side-by-side.

Note: The tag is unlikely to be used on an area area since telephones occupy a small geographic space.

Tags to use in combination

  • phone=+49 123 456789 - To tag the phone number which can be used to call this phone.
    • Don't be confused! You should use this tag in addition to the main amenity=telephone tag.
  • postal_code=* - Phone boxes do have postcodes in some countries.
  • operator=* - Company or government agency who operates/maintains the phone.
  • operator:wikidata=* - [W]Wikidata ID for the company or government agency that operates the phone. Useful for machines to parse who exactly is the operator.
  • operator:phone=* - A contact number for the operator/maintainer of the phone.
  • ref=* - Some phones have an additional number to identify the location.
  • internet_access=yes/no - Does the phone allow internet surfing or sending e-mails?
  • internet_access=wlan - If the phone provides a wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspot that can be used by other devices.
  • video=yes/no - Does the phone allow video calls?
  • sms=yes/no - Does the phone allow sending texts/SMS (Short Messaging Service).
  • covered=yes/no/booth - Is the phone somehow protected against the elements or is it a booth with door?
  • indoor=yes/no - Inside a building (thus potentially locked at odd hours or in emergencies)?
  • booth=K2/K6 - Records the type of telephone booth; e.g., types of red telephone box.
  • wheelchair=yes/no - Is the phone lowered?
Payment tags
  • fee=no - For phones which can be used free of charge.
  • currency:XXX=yes - For each currency accepted.
  • payment:coins=yes/no - Can you pay with coins.
  • payment:credit_cards=yes/no - Can you pay by credit card.
  • payment:debit_cards=yes/no
  • payment:electronic_purses=yes/no
  • payment:notes=yes/no
  • payment:telephone_cards=yes/no
  • payment:reverse_charge_calls=yes/no - to show whether reverse charge calls are possible. These are calls for which the called party pays (with their prior consent by pressing one or more keys). This service can be used especially when people don't have coins or phone cards with them. On the one hand, it can be offered by the operator of the public telephone itself, but there are also external providers (the German Yoo R-Call for example). So if 0800 numbers can be dialed from the public telephone generally, the tag should be added, even if the service is often limited to reaching landline connections only.

Similar tags

  • emergency=phone - for public emergency telephones. Phones which are more intended for, or only work for, calling the emergency services, e.g. those provided on motorways.
  • man_made=telephone_box - for the physical box itself, particularly when there is no telephone or a different usage (see tag for controversy).
  • railway=phone - A service telephone for the railway, often at level crossings.