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    Default When is the last time you used a Pay Phone?



    I thought about this yesterday. I actually tried to remember the last time i used a Public Pay Phone.... And i have no idea.

    When travelling in New Zealand i used one a couple of times, but that was a good 10 years ago, and even then i remember it being so alien to me.

    I can not remember using one anytime since then and the 8 years prior to that, maybe only twice.



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    its been a while now , hardly ever see them any more.

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    I may have used one since but can't recall.
    I don't have a landline , and my mobile costs me $1 per minute so I usually ride my bike to the public phone when I need to spend some time chatting or more likely - on hold.

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    about 1990 I think, just before I got my first mobile phone

    & yeah rare to see them now,

    There used to be a Telstra Center near Martin place in Sydney, (again late 1980's -1990's) that had well over 100 pay phones in it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by moeee View Post
    my mobile costs me $1 per minute
    You might want to look into that, mine costs me $2 a day for unlimited calls, texts, picture messages and internet.
    (if your reading Sanity, thank you, about 4gig and day for the passed month, no issues at all and sometimes much more)

    We have them in my town, they have been in the same location for years.
    But i remember when there was a full on walk in booth with 8 Pay Phones in their, divided by a timber panel, each one had its own phone book.
    They were the Green Units, that had the Red led light which would flash as your money was running out.
    I remember skateboarding in their looking for change in the refund tray
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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanboy View Post
    You might want to look into that, mine costs me $2 a day for unlimited calls, texts, picture messages and internet.
    (if your reading Sanity, thank you, about 4gig and day for the passed month, no issues at all and sometimes much more)
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    I also remember looking for a pay phone in the late 1980s & finding one after another that had been vandalized (glass broken telephone hand sets ripped out etc...)

    or plain not working.... or full with money, & you couldn't make a call....

    I also remember waiting in que's to use the Pay phones.....

    About the last time I used a Pay phone, there was a New Pay Phone out, that you could use your credit card in...
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    Pfft I remember using the old Black Phones the ones with the A and B buttons on it

    And doing the 2 cent piece hack LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by best4less View Post
    Pfft I remember using the old Black Phones the ones with the A and B buttons on it

    And doing the 2 cent piece hack LOL
    Mate, you just reminded me of a memory i thought was long gone!!!!
    You are right, they were the first Pay Phones i remember in that booth.
    Yes, i remember that trick too.... the old school boys showed me!
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    We used to have a Black phone in the 1960's, without a dialer,

    but had a handle that you that you turned to get the telephone exchange....

    as a kid I wound it up like a fire alarm one day & got abused by the lady at the Exchange
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    Pay phones? I dont remember the last time i even noticed one.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by oceanboy View Post
    You might want to look into that, mine costs me $2 a day for unlimited calls, texts, picture messages and internet.
    It only costs me $1 a minute while I ring some number , not when they ring me , or when not being used.
    I purchase a 6 months card what contains 30 minutes worth of talking.
    It costs $30
    I'm not big into ringing people , but do occasionly send text what costs about 30 cents

    $2 a day what you have prolly means $2 whether you use it or not - that means $60 a month - I could have Unlimited broadband for that and still have change left over to update my basic Foxtel to include the Sports package.

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    Off Topic, but to correct you, its $2 a day only for the day you use your phone.
    You could not use it for months, you still have the same credit...
    But, thats for another thread.... Its already here in fact and mentioned on other sites.

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    OSIRUS you are so bloody old

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    Pay phone...yeah, it would be a while. We used to have a phone box in the front yard when I was a kid, it was an old red one from Caulfield in Melbourne as it still had the id plate with glass on it.

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    I don't remember...

    We have two at each of the local shopping centres, but these seem to be for the use of the local dealers mostly....
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    Quote Originally Posted by enf View Post
    I don't remember...

    We have two at each of the local shopping centres, but these seem to be for the use of the local dealers mostly....
    You could be right there...realistically their only real main use is annoymous phone calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanity View Post
    You could be right there...realistically their only real main use is annoymous phone calls.
    When I worked in the city 10 or so years ago, there were two phones outside a cafe called Gus's, just around the corner from the Federal Police headquarters. There were petions to have them removed, but Telstra refused as they were by far the highest revenue raising phones in the ACT.

    ALL drug related. The traffic between them, the flats and the parking lot was constant.
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