TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Payphones With Rotary Dials?

Payphones With Rotary Dials?
11 Jan 2005 07:48:49 -0800

A few years ago, some localities were intentionally installing their
public payphones with rotary dials instead of Touch-Tone. This was in
the hopes of deterring criminal activity which would utilize the Tone
pads to call beepers and the like to summon criminal providers.

Did this initiative ever get anywhere? Did it do any good?

Many consumers have their own cell phones and don't need a public
phone to conduct such transactions.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Many municipalities (notably, Chicago)
also got the bright idea of making pay phones 'no coins after dark',
meaning pay phones would not accept coins; calls had to be made
through the operator (collect) or with a calling card. That went
over like a lead balloon, plus of course telco made lots of extra
money on calling card/collect call surcharges. PAT]

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