Criticism of the new kiosks is not limited to anti-social behaviour. They have been described as an eyesore and simply a means to position more outdoor advertising in city centre streets.

InLinkUK is a joint venture between Intersection, the urban innovation company behind LinkNYC, and Primesight, a UK-based outdoor advertising company, in partnership with BT. It will replace more than 1,000 pay phones. Advertising revenue allows the service to be delivered free and at no cost to the taxpayer or local councils.

Pressure group Adblock Bristol said outdoor advertising companies are “bombarding UK cities with planning applications for more and more digital screens” and an “attempt to obscure the fact that these are just advertising screens masquerading as a public service.”