Even if we are the so-called SMS-capital, in the Philippines, it’s not practical to have cellphone vending machines just like what Vodafone did in UK where they deployed such machines particularly in Manchester. The vending machines were dubbed as Quickphone kiosks. For at least £30 ($ 53), you can get a fully-charged handset with £1 worth of calls.
To be able to make these mobile phone vending machines a reality in the Philippines, the booth should be made secured from petty thieves. Imagine putting up a mobile vending machine at the heart of Quiapo (of course this is not a place that a mobile vending machine should be located), a few seconds after getting your phone, you’ll lose your brand new phone. It’s as if you’ve spent on the investment of the phone and in turn, you won’t get any income except for headaches.