I watched that one unfold from the Long Distance Operator Services side of the independent industry. The payphones in Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport were a prime example!
Just before I retired I saw an article that discussed the status of payphones in NYC. It stated that the vast majority of the payphones don't work. But the revenues for posting advertisements on the booth or kiosk are so good they leave them in place and pay the associated costs.
Plus Superman needs somewhere to change I suppose!
Originally Posted by Radio
It looked so lonely and forlorn I went over just to see if it did work. It had a dial tone. In an emergency we could have made a collect call home I guess. Our cell phone was useless.
I am truly surprised! Did you notice if it was an AT+T branded (Markings) phone or a local Independent Telephone Company? The independents seem to do a much better job keeping the remaining payphones working.
Originally Posted by DickiedooFlagman
In some areas, the police actually wanted them removed because too many drug deals were arranged from them.
Metro Atlanta was like that in some areas. In other areas they wanted more payphones. Then the government sponsored "Life Line" cellular service pretty much put an end to the need for payphones and pagers!