***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
Answer by teddgcm · Sep 13, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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.