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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Officials held a ceremony Monday for removal of the last public pay phone stall in New York City.

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...The pay phone was removed with a crane from a sidewalk on 7th Ave. and 50th St. in Midtown Manhattan, just south of Times Square, marking what officials called "the end of the pay phone era."

Officials said it was the last public pay phone in the city, but there are still privately owned pay phones and four permanent, full-length "Superman" phone booths.

The city began removing the pay phones in 2015 as they became obsolete and replacing them with public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Since then, the city has removed thousands of pay phones across all five boroughs.

In 2014, there were more than 6,000 active public pay telephones on city sidewalks, according to the city website. They were originally slated to be removed by 2020, but the process took longer than expected.

City officials said on the website that the public pay phones, which provided free access to 911 and 311 non-emergency city services, were still used for regular calls and long-distance calls, but their usage had gone way down. ...



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-24 02:51 PM | Reply

I thought those things would never go away at places like hospitals.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-24 06:43 PM | Reply

I would sometimes call 4-1-1 in the city to get an address. Of course, not really needed now that we have smart phones.

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-05-24 07:52 PM | Reply

The year before the pandemic there were still a handful in my county.

I think there may be one still.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-24 07:57 PM | Reply

@#3 ... Of course, not really needed now that we have smart phones. ...

Yeah, I remember when the phone line coming into your house was actually a direct wire back to the phone company switching office.

I can still drive down CT-rt53 here in Fairfield County, CT and see the bundles of copper wires that go from the Danbury switching office to the Norwalk main switching office for the area.

Back in the day (decades ago), you could go to the Norwalk, CT switching office, look in the window and see the switching gear placing the calls. Fun stuff.

Now we have, what seems to be a "cell-phone number for life" that is use to identify and track you.

Progress.


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-24 08:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I saw a pay phone today. Someone was taking a selfie in front of it.

#6 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-24 08:20 PM | Reply

"replacing them with public Wi-Fi hotspots."

Kinda makes sense.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-24 10:14 PM | Reply

Apropos of the era...

Breaking Up Is Hard On You - The American Comedy Network
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Lyrics...
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...
Don't take Ma Bell away from me
I've gotten used to monopoly
When they divest, then I'll be blue
Yes, breaking up is hard on you

Remember when you'd make a call
And you'd get through no sweat at all
Now we wait the whole night through
Cause breaking up is hard on you
...


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-24 11:15 PM | Reply

Now we have, what seems to be a "cell-phone number for life" that is use to identify and track you.

Progress.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter

Yes we do - at least stable people with stable jobs tend to. It is also how you are being tracked vs your SSN by big data now.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-05-25 11:45 AM | Reply

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