Buh Bye Payphone

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Buh Bye Payphone

PayphoneRTTNews is reporting that AT&T will quit payphone business by 2008 due to competition from cell phones. According to the Federal Communications Commission, the number of pay phones nationally has dwindled to 1 million as of 2006 from 2.08 million in 1997. My only question is "What took so long for AT&T to drop payphones?"

I honestly haven't used a payphone since 1992 and before I even had a cell phone. When I drive by pay phones they are usually not being used, unless you're in the "shadier" parts of some towns. Payphones became a popular tool for drug dealers to have anonymity when making drug deals. Sporty JamesHunterInformants also used payphones, like Arnold "Sporty" James from the TV show Hunter -- one of my all-time favorites.

Law enforcement couldn't track a drug deal to a house address - only the payphone. Well, I guess anonymous calls via pay phones are soon to become but a footnote in history. Of course, those pesky criminals always find a way, like using Skype's encryption to foil German law enforcement officials.


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