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Re: The Death Thoes (sic) of Pay Phones

Mr Joseph Singer (
Sat, 29 Jul 2006 21:57:43 -0700 (PDT)

Thu, 27 Jul 2006 15:09:35 -0500 Samantha Gross <>

> AP Technology Pay Phones Suffer As Cell Phone Use Rises
> Associated Press Writer

> NEW YORK -- A stroll along Ninth Avenue in Manhattan reveals an ugly
> picture of the state of the pay phone these days. The phones are
> sticky, beat up and scarred, and some don't work at all. A child's
> change purse is stuffed on one phone ledge, along with a large wad of
> wrapping plastic. On a nearby ledge, an empty bottle of tequila sits
> in front of a hole that once held a phone. Empty cans of malt liquor
> sheathed in brown paper bags are a frequent sight.

Is it really any wonder that pay phones are not used at all except by
poor people and the few that don't have a cell phone? The pay phone
vendors brought it on themselves. When the pay phone vendors charge
50 cents for a local call and charge $1.50 for local directory
assistance and not provide any paper directory is it any wonder that
someone would choose to find other means to make calls? My local
super market completely ripped out all pay phones explaining that it
was just an invitation for drug dealers to use them.

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