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Old 10-03-2019, 06:39 PM
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Default Pay Phone - last time you used one?

When was the last time you, or someone you know, used a pay phone? I really can't recall myself.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:51 PM
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I think a better question is when was the last time that we've seen a pay phone....
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Old 10-03-2019, 07:17 PM
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Maybe around the time we got rid of our rotary phone for one of them new fangled, space age push button contraptions. Don’t miss the pay phones so much but I do miss real operator assistance.
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I think a better question is when was the last time that we've seen a pay phone....
Yea. I "think" I saw some in a mall but I haven't been to a mall in a couple of years.

I haven't seen the "new" Superman movies of the past 10 years but does he still use a phone booth?
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The 1990s I'm sure. I remember using a red phone booth in London in '95 or '96 I think.
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We still had a fully-functional, classic 1930's wooden NYC phone booth just inside the entrance of the school where my wife and I used to teach (updated to a pushbutton phone) - used it shortly before we retired in 2016, may still be there since the PTA used it as a direct incoming line...
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Middle of NYC, July 2019 after I dropped and destroyed my cell phone. I needed to tell the people I was meeting that I'd be late.

Maybe I just have an eye for them but I can usually spot them out in major American cities.
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I can't tell you... possible around 2003. I still see the spots on the walls where they've been removed. My company still has the nooks (but not the phones) that were elegantly built into buildings.


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I think a better question is when was the last time that we've seen a pay phone....


Last time I used a pay phone was around 1998. There was one in a city park for many years...noticed it was gone two years ago. I wonder if London, England, still has those red booths around the city?
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There's a gas station near me where I put air in my tires.
A few feet away from the air pump is a coin operated telephone booth.
Usually being used by shady characters. I don't believe I've seen any others.
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:18 AM
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The last time I used one, I can't remember. There were two in the lobby of my high school, I know I called people to pick me up a few times, so mid-90's?

I remember the last time I saw a person use one. Would have been about 2000, was out with a few guys, and this one guy got a page (yes, a PAGER!) from his girlfriend, and he wanted to stop at a payphone to see what was up.

It took like 20 minutes of driving around to even find one.
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Coming up on 20 years ago now.
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I haven't used it but there is one outside the Meeker Park Lodge in Allenspark, CO, near where my wife's family has a cabin. No cell service in the area, so it is probably still used fairly often.
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The day I met my wife, I called her on the way from Kansas to Texas as I did not have a cell phone, even in 2001! I called her from a Truck stop on the way to Texas. That was the last time. Oh, not to mislead, she was not my wife at the time and I had not yet seen her in person! You may surmise the rest! Too long of a story!
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I remember it very well - it would have been February of '89. I was south of the river in Indianapolis. Pulled into town in the wee hours of a Sunday night to start attending a conference at IUPUI Monday morning.

I pulled off the exit and drove a few blocks until I spotted a pay phone, got out of my car and dialed the number for the hotel to get directions......as the phone was ringing I was noticing how many windows in view were boarded up and how run down the block was.

I had this sensation that someone was watching me, and when I turned around an old orange Chevy pickup with blacked out windows was very slowly pulling up to the stop sign a short distance from me.

The desk clerk answered at the same moment and the first thing I did was tell her who I was and what corner I was on, and if I wasn't there in about 20 minutes this is where they should look for me.

The truck sat there for what seemed like an eternity until I got back into my car and drove off.

One of those moments when you life could have changed drastically.
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