Friday, November 22, 2013

Future dinosaur.....?


I have heard it said that the decline of the public payphone is rapidly approaching..with most people now using mobile phones they are becoming a bit of an anomaly. Personally I would hate to see the demise of the good old British red telephone boxes, we had a lot of fun on our last trip to London doing the 'Clarke Kent/Superman' thing, remind me to show you the pics sometime :) The payphone in Australia is alive and well for another 20 years due to a deal between Telstra and the government and looking in pretty good shape here in the city.. if you are like me and leave your phone at home now and then it's handy to know they are there, even though I've never used one! Are you one of the 3% who has in the last few years? Happy Friday, take care.....

30 comments:

  1. Yep, a dinosaur indeed!!! I can't even remember when or even if I ever used one???? We still see a few here, but not many. Great shot for the day! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  2. Never used one?! Even back in the day to return a page or further a drug deal? You ARE a youngster!

    Aloha

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  3. Glad to see that they will be around for a few more years.

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  4. Neat that you had fun with red telephone box...! I haven't used the public phone for years. But I am glad they are still around. I rarely use my mobile for phoning just texting primarily. (We are A-ok, Grace. Thanks for asking.)

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  5. While I think it's probably a little premature to remove them now, but another 20 years !? Maybe somebody needs to check the relationship between the providers and the politicians. Anyway, I think it's a good idea to keep them around even if it's just for emergency use. Having said that, the ones in France require you buy a prepaid card in advance. So one must plan one's emergencies !

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  6. Very useful 20 years ago ! But I did not use them for years! True dinosaurs indeed..

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  7. These are very nice dinos :-)
    I haven't used a public phone in the last 15 years...

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  8. I haven't used one in years either, Grace.

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  9. Anyway they are cool and I'm that kind of person that love vintage stuffs! Hey I'm curious about the pictures that you mentioned!
    bisous et bon week-end ma belle!
    Léia

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  10. I don't know where any are left around here, it got to where everyone I went to was broken, I think the phone company just gave up on them and removed them. I think they are a thing of the past.

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  11. You hardly see any pay phones in DC anymore.

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  12. These look so exotic! I can't remember when I last used one and a lot of them are being dismantled here...

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  13. There is still a need for these, even if greatly reduced.
    It is your responsibility to picture them all!

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  14. We saw someone using a public phone last week. It was odd enough for us to both notice it. She was a well dressed and attractive woman of about fifty and I was puzzled as to why she did not have a mobile phone. Could it be that she just decided to leave her phone home?

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  15. I've used them, and there is still a need for them.

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  16. I was just in London last week and I have to say I was happy to see that the good old red phone box was still alive and well. I had heard they were taking them down all over town because they had become so obsolete.

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  17. I honestly don't remember the last time I used a pay phone, Grace. I do still have a land line at the house tho :-)

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  18. They look like they are great condition. Not like ours.

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  19. Well illustrated but I don't understand the economics of how they survive in Australia. They are nearly extinct in the US. Everybody has a cell phone. But then, if your battery runs out...

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  20. Haven't used a pay phone in years, but always photograph them when I come across them. These look completely functional. Here they are quite rare.

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  21. Don't know when I last saw a public phone - I was convinced they had already disappeared.

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  22. I suspect it will be the landline after the pay phone. Have a good weekend Grace.

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  23. here they are disappearing !!!
    yes, I believe they will take away all of them , have a nice week end Grace !

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  24. We've got some red telephone boxes near Cambridge Market Square; you never see anyone phoning from them but there are usually some tourists having their photos taken there.

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  25. I think ours have bit the dust. I guess it's called progress. saw an item for sale this week....that didn't even exist a few years ago. texting gloves. Yep, gloves to keep you warm...but with special tips so you don't have to remove them to text!

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  26. I haven't used a pay phone in years but, still, I'd hate to see them disappear totally. Not EVERYONE has a cell phone...or do they?

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  27. Hi Grace! As you may have noted, I'm on a "leave of absence." :) But I'll be back eventually. Re pay phones: I think we have one left in Ocala - in the downtown square. In the words of the hymn, "Time Makes Ancient Good Uncouth."

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  28. It's been quite a few years since I used one... they are becoming a rarity in most civilized countries unfortunately.

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  29. I haven't used one in yonks but think there'll always be a need/want for them so pleased to hear the big boys have an arrangement in place! Joy x

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  30. I always knew I was special ... yes, I am in the 3% - and will continue to be while a) I'm traveling in remote areas and b) the phone companies don't provide 100% coverage!

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