TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Payphone Surcharges (was Unanswered Cellphones)

Re: Payphone Surcharges (was Unanswered Cellphones)

Seth Breidbart (
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 22:19:09 +0000 (UTC)

In article <>,
<> wrote:

> The only charge I've seen posted on pay phones is the initial deposit
> for a "local" call. I have NOT seen signage how many minutes that
> charge covers, nor how far the "local" calling area covers. It's easy
> to get burned on over time charges -- is it 50 cents per each minute
> or for ten minutes?

I just checked the payphones in the lobby where I work. It's 50 cents
for 5 minutes.

> Please allow me to elaborate.

> I was in a convention center and wanted something to eat. In the
> hallway they had stands with hot dogs and soda. The prices were
> enormous. Now, I knew the area and knew I could get other food about a
> block away by foot, but I was tired, in a rush, and chose to pay the
> higher price rather than make the effort to walk around for something
> cheaper. The point is that here I had a choice to pay double or not.

For someone at the same convention who didn't know the neighborhood,
was the same vendor charging the same price "extortion"?


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