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payphone

A public telephone on the street or in a building lobby that accept coins or collect calls. As of 2020, there are an estimated 100,000 payphones in the U.S. with most of them in New York City. At the turn of the century, there were two million in the country.


An Israeli Payphone for International Calls
With instructions in Hebrew and English, this payphone on a Jerusalem street in 2013 accepted Euros and Shekels. Collect calls could be made to the U.S.
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BT Scotland director Bob Downes said: 'The use of pay-phones has dropped 50 per cent over the last three years.
'We will begin consultation with local authorities over which pay-phones in their area are unprofitable and what their future is.'
The interactive kiosks also allow users to send text messages to mobile phones, and of course make general pay-phone calls.
"They say it will cost pounds 8,000 to move the pay-phone but we say that is a bit high because we only want to move it a short distance."
A spokesman for BT said: "It will actually cost pounds 8,000 to move this pay-phone and we cannot come to any special arrangement.
"Every time we manage to get through to someone with responsibility for pay-phones they say they are not prepared to talk and just turn round and ask us to send a fax.