Despite the rapid growth of mobile phones and mobile phone users there still exist pay-phone booths everywhere. They are, for obvious reasons, built where it’s easy to access and visible to the public. Most of them bear the same look of a phone as before but what has changed apparently is that one can pay with a credit card now instead of coins.
I can’t remember the last time I used a pay phone but if I use one now it should be that I am compelled to, not that I want to. Perhaps when my mobile phone’s battery goes dead. I still see a number of pay-phone booths in the city but I have not seen anyone standing at it and making calls.
Speaking of a pay phone, I spotted this phone booth at the Leonardo Da Vinci airport in Rome. Hubby and I sat there while waiting for our next flight. It was there but, again, I had not seen a person standing by and making a call. I was wondering how often it’s used. People are travelling with their mobile phones, smart phones and calling back home could be easier and faster than going through a phone booth. Some connect their laptops at the airport wifi and make a call via voip. I don’t know. This is just a thought.
Gumagamit ako ng payphone pag nasa mall kami at kailangan kong tumawag sa bahay o sa ibang landline. Piso per minute lang. Pag cellphone ginamit ko pang tawag mas mahal kasi P6.50 per minute.
Ganun pa rin pala sa atin, mahal tumawag sa landline kapag cellphone. Mabuti na lang at may mga payphones pa.
Luna Miranda says
there are still payphones around here, too. i guess it’s cheaper to call a landline from a payphone than from a celphone.:p like you, i can’t remember the last time i used a payphone.
I thought of using a payphone one of these days, just for kicks, lol!
used tires says
Good point.. I rarely find myself looking for payphones these days due to the advent of mobiles. Still, it is useful to have an old-fashioned pay phone in all buildings as they run without electricity and can be useful in case of emergencies.
I saw one in tunnels, too. Mobile phones work bad in tunnels but the phones there must be of different frequency for emergency purposes.
You do make a great Point I don’t see anyone using them anymore either. But I will say when i lost my phone and needed a payphone everyone I found didn’t work.
Isn’t that irritating? I think some owners of payphones are taking it for granted and thought no one would use it anymore.
Those payphones are very useful for travelers.
Late visiting for MYM, hope you can still visit my yellow post, thanks!