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Payphone or pay phone is a public telephone, usually located in a stand-alone upright container such as a phone booth, with payment done by inserting money (usually coins), a credit or debit card, or a telephone card before the call is made.

Payphones are often found in public places, transportation hubs such as airports or train stations, convenience stores , malls, casinos, and on street corners. By agreement with the landlord, either the phone company pays rent for the location and keeps the revenue, or the landlord pays rent for the phone and shares the revenue. Payphones, particularly at gas stations, are mounted in drive-up structures that can be used without leaving the vehicle ... more

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asked Sep 13 '10 at 04:52

r0bErT4u's gravatar image


I saw a phone both a few days ago, not too many of those anymore, still fifty cents around here.

answered Sep 13 '10 at 06:00

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I rarely see pay phones anymore. From time to time I see the pay phone stand and the phone itself is either missing the receiver or gone entirely. If I recall correctly, the phone company made the decision some time ago to discontinue using them. They simply stopped making a profit when mobile phones reached a certain level of popularity. The last working pay phone I saw was several years ago and I believe it was $0.50 to make a local 3 minute call. The cheapest I remember a pay phone being is $0.10 when I was young. Of course, cigarettes were $0.75/pack then as well.

answered Sep 13 '10 at 10:45

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They do - in India. You'll see a lot of those. Upto 2 to 3 cents for a call for 3 minutes or worst, a minute for sure..

answered Dec 07 '10 at 15:35

Prasoon's gravatar image


there's one payphone.....frame...in my town...the phone was removed long ago...now it acts as a garbage can for teenagers.

answered Dec 07 '10 at 15:40

Jacknife's gravatar image


Yes they do, and I have used one when my iPhone battery died on me whilst I was in the mall.

answered Dec 07 '10 at 15:52

jammmie999's gravatar image


Almost every gas-station has one and Hyper-market. I used 2 this month, once because my battery died and another occasion because I forgot my phone.

answered Dec 07 '10 at 15:56

FizzNakLe's gravatar image


We have a couple in my school. I think it's 25 cents to make a call.

answered Dec 07 '10 at 16:12

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Sioux Falls, SD still has them everywhere. Gas stations and random corners. Never see anybody using them though.

answered Dec 07 '10 at 16:24

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