More Amtrak Stations Get $4.99-a-Day Mobile Phone Battery Kiosks
MobileQubes, which last August placed its first special kiosk that rents plug-in mobile phone battery packs (pictured) to smartphone owners in Chicago's Union Station Amtrak hub, has extended its kiosk network to eight more train stations in Amtrak's North East Corridor.
The latest stations to get the MobileQubes kiosks are Boston's South Station, Boston's Back Bay Station, the Route 128 Station in Westwood, Mass., Providence Station, New York Pennsylvania Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station, Wilmington Station and Baltimore Penn Station, according to a May 12 announcement by MobileQubes.
The kiosks allow mobile phone users to rent a plug-in battery booster module that gives one to two charges to an Android or iOS smartphone if they've forgotten their charger cord or don't want to wait while their device is charging in a wall socket. The plug-in batteries are called MobileQubes by the company and can be rented at one of its bright-green kiosks for $4.99 for the first 24 hours, plus 99 cents for each extra day up to seven days.
After seven days, the rental is automatically transferred into a purchase and additional rentals accrue until the full price of $44.99 is reached. Renters can return the used battery packs to the original kiosk where they picked them up, at another MobileQubes kiosk in another location or can ask the company to send them a prepaid label to mail it back.
The plug-in MobileQubes battery packs can be rented daily to help smartphone users extend the charge of their devices when on the road.
Each kiosk holds 160 of the 3,000mAh rental batteries and recharges each one as it is returned by a user, Sean Carrigan, CEO and co-founder of MobileQubes, told eWEEK. No cord is needed with the modules, which plug into the charging port of a user's smartphone. The company can change the quantities of needed batteries in each location to meet the needs of iOS and Android users, said Carrigan.