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The Return of the Pay Phone?


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Cal
- 600 days ago - mnn.com
New initiatives may give New York's dwindling public telephone system a new lease on life.



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Christeen Anderson (475)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 6:27 pm
Thanks for posting this. I have been in need of a pay phone many times and around here they are very, very scarce.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 11:03 pm
Thanks.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 12:25 am
We also have no more pay phones but if they were re-entered into the city system, they would be vandalized in minutes. It's a problem...
 

John S. (301)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 4:08 am
Noted, an idea whose time has come?
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 5:12 am
noted. thanks Cal
 

Les M. (7)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:13 am
i'd like to see a few easy to access pay phones in every city. they're still needed by those without a phone, like my parents, and those who have dead batteries (a close friend.)
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 8:40 am
Pay phones are all but non-existent around here but someone is thinking ahead and outside the box with this initiative. I had wondered about natural disasters and blackouts before.
 

Marlene Dinkins (232)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 12:53 pm
notato CAL> i think is a good idea, thnx cal!!!!!! ciao
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 3:34 pm
I am probably the last 3% of this country's population that does own a cell phone(I know the author Stephen King does not either). My reasons are many, but it wasn't until I read a quote from Albert Einstein that cemented it for me:"I fear the day that technology will surprass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
Go on a public bus, ride the subway, walk down the street...people are frighteningly connected to this 3x5 device in their hand. Nobody talks to anybody anymore; nobody looks up:they are looking down.
Looking at what? An idiotic game? Texting a message that has no value, and could wait?
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:28 pm
More payphones! I've tried to find one several times, too, and had no luck at all! Bring back payphones!
 

Klaus Peters (11)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:17 am
Pay phones are dead, they make no money for big phone companies, open to vandalism.. We are forced to buy cell phones to be ripped off. Most of the time one cannot get a connection and you are stuck, still paying top fees and still have no connection, I would hate to make a 911 call or 000 in my country, in an emergency.
Internet is the same, in my case Optus Australia. I pay top $ for a premium connection, but during mid December to late January every year I have virtually no connection, barely able to pay my bills, and at times have to pay by cheque. Mastercard was one to use this very quickly and fined me about $ 70 because my payment did not get through. Coles Mastercard claimed no responsibility even making stupid remarks because they saw my age on my profile, yes, I am a pensioner and I am useless. That struck a cord, in good old Oz I gave my reply: ALDI, cheaper prices, no petrol coupons, no need to hunt for Coles (or even Woolworth coupons). End of story is, Optus and Coles Mastercard are on my black list to be replaced. Optus threatened me, my email address will be gone and I will loose all my contacts (instead of fixing their holiday kids mass downloading of music, video and porno.), sorry, Optus (Singtel) everything is backed up already, ready to make that change. You were so good in the beginning and I will now take my daughters's advice and will make a big change, all Optus accounts will disappear as soon as possible .
As for Coles-Mastercard-Shell and Woolworth-Qantas-Caltex, I drive less and save at Aldi; without petrol coupons. I drive my car once a week, to shop at Aldi, what a saving.
Sorry, this is just a pensioner's view. The older you get , the more you get ripped off. But I am lucky, my daughter is helping us to explore new territory, but I converted her to Aldi, works both ways.
 
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