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What happened to all the pay phones?

 
Anonymous Coward
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03/11/2007 06:34 PM
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What happened to all the pay phones?
The other day I made the mistake of leaving my cell phone at home. No problem I thought I would just find a pay phone to make a few important calls. Oh how wrong I was, I drove mile after mile, gas station after gas station, strip mall after strip mall, and no working pay phone at all.

I must have been sleep the past couple of years because I did not know they took most pay phones down. I feel sorry for a person who does not have the credit to get a pay phone. I know in urban (inner-cities) there are pay phones, but in the suburbs...good luck.

There has to be an Illuninati connection to this shift!

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03/11/2007 06:35 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Cell phones happened.
Rarrgh!
Anonymous Coward
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03/11/2007 06:36 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
You can only use them if you're legless!!


:legless:
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03/11/2007 06:37 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
i have asked the same thing wtf
ashesand sackcloth

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03/11/2007 06:38 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
If you arn't carring a cell phone then your harder to track ect.
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03/11/2007 06:44 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
You can only use them if you're legless!!


:legless:
 Quoting: 4by2
And rich...I got rid of my cell. After looking for a half hour it cost me 75 cents to make a local call. I only had 45 cents. It used to cost a dime. There I was lost and couldn't afford a phone call to ask someone directions. And there wasn't a phone book to look at a map. They want 75 cents to make a phone call and don't even give you a phone book. Sometimes I miss my cell. My brain doesn't.
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03/11/2007 06:48 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
You can only use them if you're legless!!


Sometimes I miss my cell. My brain doesn't.
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Yep, I hear what you're saying!!
Anonymous Coward
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03/11/2007 06:58 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
I only had 45 cents. It used to cost a dime. There I was lost and couldn't afford a phone call to ask someone directions.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 167818


I think the fact that you only had 45 cents on you is more disturbing., LOL!

Keep some cash on you at all times. Put an extra $10 in your wallet [preferable folded/behind your I.D] just in case.
Anonymous Coward
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03/11/2007 07:01 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
I don't have a cell phone. When I had an emergency and had to stop, I found that Walgreens had a pay phone. I'm betting that a lot of the drug stores would have them still. But do be sure you're carrying a lot of change because, yes, they are expensive.
Anonymous Coward
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03/11/2007 07:06 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Your local grocery store (chain or townie) will almost always have a payphone outside of it. as will most gas stations.
I've never seen one at a mall or randomly out in public. Maybe it's my area..
Anonymous Coward
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03/11/2007 07:12 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
THEY WERE A CASUALITY OF THE WAR ON DRUGS.
Anonymous Coward
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03/23/2007 03:11 PM
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I wish they invent disposable cell phones like for a dollar
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03/23/2007 03:13 PM
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I wish they invent disposable cell phones like for a dollar
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they have prepaid cellphones for cheap if you truely need one.
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03/23/2007 03:16 PM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Libraries and other government buiding have them. It's a requirement.

I live in Vegas. All the casinos have tons of pay phones, so it's not a problem here.

FYI, if you go to lowe's, they allow local calls at the contractor's desk. Just tell them you need to check on an order status with your crew..
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09/19/2009 01:57 AM
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WHERE ARE THE PAY PHONES?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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09/19/2009 01:58 AM
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09/19/2009 02:19 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
cellphones suck!!!! two coffee cans and a good string always did right by me.
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09/19/2009 02:19 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
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If at first you don't succeed, perhaps failure is more your style.
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09/19/2009 02:23 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Someday kids won't even understand that scene in Wargames anymore.
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09/19/2009 02:31 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Now they only have them at libraries, jails, and hospitals.
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 02:31 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
And the airport.
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09/19/2009 02:32 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
tHEY ALREAY GONE TO 4D !!
Its Nibiru come early !!
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 02:33 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
You can find pay phones in hospitals and outside of liquor stores. You might also find one in a hotel lobby.
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 02:34 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
whats a payphone?
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 02:39 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
I only had 45 cents. It used to cost a dime. There I was lost and couldn't afford a phone call to ask someone directions.


I think the fact that you only had 45 cents on you is more disturbing., LOL!

Keep some cash on you at all times. Put an extra $10 in your wallet [preferable folded/behind your I.D] just in case.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 159969


I tried keeping a 20 stashed, but the I stopped at the tavern.
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 02:52 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Pay phones are a one-time-use transporting portal to the Lexurian Galaxy.

They self destruct after use.

The phone company got tired on always having to replace them, so they don't any more.

It's a cost/budget issue.
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 02:59 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
yeah so where's superman supposed to get changed
Anonymous Coward
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09/19/2009 03:56 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Pain in the ass when it comes to the big snoops. If I see one I assume there is a camera aimed on it, and for sure tapped.

The stories the old telco boys could tell, sadly they are the tip of the iceberg on the snoops factor.
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09/19/2009 04:00 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Pay phones are a one-time-use transporting portal to the Lexurian Galaxy.

They self destruct after use.

The phone company got tired on always having to replace them, so they don't any more.

It's a cost/budget issue.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 773899


yeah so where's superman supposed to get changed
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 526149


Phone booths disappeared long before pay phones started getting scarce.
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09/19/2009 04:02 AM
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
tHEY ALREAY GONE TO 4D !!
Its Nibiru come early !!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 773669



lol. really it's because pay phones all have herpes
on them. or else boogers, at least.
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Re: What happened to all the pay phones?
Because pay phones carried too much anonymity. Maybe also has something to do with phreaking. They don't seem to have much overhead costs. It still seems like a profitable business, just set it and forget it. You don't have to come to it every other day to stockpile it like you do vending machines. I don't know, I bet it's a conspiracy. We don't have them here either, not even in ghetto parts of towns.

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