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(Government Technology)   Remember payphones? Apparently they have a purpose again   (govtech.com) divider line 46
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2012-07-11 09:47:11 PM
Deliver heptatitis until they get vandalized badly enough that no fool touches them?
 
2012-07-11 09:47:46 PM
(After reading TFA)

OHhhhhhhh, NEW type of virus spreading device. My bad.
 
2012-07-11 09:59:24 PM
If you whistle a certain way, it'll double your wifi speed.
 
2012-07-11 10:21:05 PM
I think they tore out the last payphone on the street around here 10 years ago.
 
2012-07-11 11:14:37 PM
One of the problems I found with these free hotspots is so many of them require you opening a browser first so you can view a landing page and agree to some network providers TOS for wifi. shiat is a farking PITA and most of the time I just say fark it.
 
2012-07-11 11:17:15 PM
They have phones in booths now? I wont have to carry this stupid cell phone around anymore!
 
2012-07-11 11:28:13 PM
It would be nice to have some phone booths around in 15 years or so when every call you place on your cell is recorded and documented by the Lizardman overlords for later use.
 
2012-07-11 11:32:55 PM
I thought they had homeless people covering this already?
 
2012-07-11 11:57:24 PM

fusillade762: I thought they had homeless people covering this already?


And people in NYC avoid homeless people like they do Greenpeace canvassers so they probably didn't generate much business.
 
2012-07-11 11:57:49 PM
I wondered how come they just don't design an electronic chassis that contains a DSL modem feeding a gateway that breaks into a VOIP and pay-as-you-go WiFi AP. That way you can do both with telephony and wireless data while having revenue streams to support it. Seems it would maximize returns on cost.

Payphones are a nice convenience but you need to place them appropriately. Courthouse. Airline. Prison. Bus station. Mall. Anywhere where you have high foot traffic and the possibility of people not having a mobile phone on them. The maintenance is fairly low on them. There are companies that still make huge profits on them.
 
2012-07-12 12:01:11 AM
that is a surprisingly brilliant idea. Huh.
 
2012-07-12 12:12:42 AM

Mrbogey: I wondered how come


Ya. How come.
 
2012-07-12 12:13:20 AM
There is still a reason to have phone booths.. For privacy and keeping the rest of the eaters in the restaurant blissfully unaware of the current status of your bunion surgery as you communicate it loudly to your mother or whatever.
 
2012-07-12 12:27:43 AM

Honest Bender: They have phones in booths now? I wont have to carry this stupid cell phone around anymore!


NYC used to have girls in booths too. Ahh the good old seedy days of times square.
 
2012-07-12 12:34:31 AM
I took home the spoils of a commercial demo job, about 15 years ago.
The business I gutted had been boarded up for at least 3 years.
In addition to a shiatload of copper, and aluminum, there was an intact commercial pay phone that was mounted to a non load bearing wall that I tore out.
I thought it would be cool to have it as a functional (rewired, and free) phone for my little bar in the basement.
Spent about 6 hours grinding through layer, after layer of some tough-ass steel before I finally opened up the back of it to expose the contents of the coin box (about $25), and all of the wondrous mechanical innards.
My hat's off to the engineers that designed them.
 
2012-07-12 12:48:09 AM
How much does a pay phone cost to use these days?
 
2012-07-12 01:02:56 AM
Mugging hotspots?

Tourist self-identification centers?
 
2012-07-12 01:04:09 AM

thetrenchcoat: How much does a pay phone cost to use these days?


I don't know what the sticker-price is, but currently there's an FCC-mandated fee of 49.4¢ for calls from pay phones to toll-free numbers.
 
2012-07-12 01:13:20 AM
theyll be able to use mailboxes soon
 
2012-07-12 01:45:32 AM
Remember Alf? He's back, in Pog form.

t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-07-12 01:53:50 AM
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2012-07-12 02:11:24 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: [cache2.artprintimages.com image 357x450]


Whar baguette whar?
 
2012-07-12 02:31:35 AM

RexTalionis: If you whistle a certain way, it'll double your wifi speed.


2600 Hz?
 
2012-07-12 02:31:54 AM

Ambivalence: that is a surprisingly brilliant idea. Huh.


Yeah, the basic infrastructure is in place, wiring and such. the things are practically indestructible, and they are dispersed everywhere(Or they WERE dispersed everywhere), giving a broad coverage with lots of overlap, creating the potential for a pretty consistent signal.
 
2012-07-12 02:32:14 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: [cache2.artprintimages.com image 357x450]


Improper. No celery.
 
2012-07-12 02:35:55 AM
Remember payphones? Apparently they have a purpose again

A convenient method for Wintermute to talk to the outside world?
 
2012-07-12 02:50:58 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: [cache2.artprintimages.com image 357x450]


Damn..I still remember hat boxes too.
 
2012-07-12 03:26:22 AM
images.sodahead.com

oblig
 
2012-07-12 04:05:45 AM

thetrenchcoat: How much does a pay phone cost to use these days?


If you are using coins not too bad. However be warned by someone that works for the billing department of a larger payphone company that will remain nameless:
DON'T USE CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS IN THEM. I have people calling every day wondering why they are being charged between 20 and 60 USdollars for a call in the same city that was less than 3 minutes.
Same applies to the charges for calling collect.


/sorry for yelling.
//won't use caps (or a payphone) any time soon.
 
2012-07-12 06:36:50 AM
Surprisingly enough when I was in NYC I never had an issue using my ipod touch and finding wifi networks all over the place. I think this should help though.
 
2012-07-12 07:03:38 AM
Approves

greenobles.com
 
2012-07-12 07:34:39 AM
I KNEW the answer was porn
 
2012-07-12 07:42:25 AM
Selling advertising on the structure itself?
 
2012-07-12 07:53:52 AM
Mr. Potatoass
Spent about 6 hours grinding through layer, after layer of some tough-ass steel before I finally opened up the back of it to expose the contents of the coin box (about $25), and all of the wondrous mechanical innards.
My hat's off to the engineers that designed them.


You could have bought a T-key on the internet for four bucks.
 
2012-07-12 08:10:51 AM

buckler: RexTalionis: If you whistle a certain way, it'll double your wifi speed.

2600 Hz?


Damn, now I'm hungry for some Cap'n Crunch.
 
2012-07-12 08:36:46 AM

ShadyIce: Approves

[greenobles.com image 445x445]


Indeed. I was just thinking that a good portion of Maroon 5's demographic heard that song and immediately thought, what the heck is a payphone?
 
2012-07-12 09:30:40 AM
Remember payphones? A few years ago, a lot of us Farkers bought payphones through a link to a Pioneers Club (phone company old-timers group). I have mine in the front room. It works fine, although the coin operation was disabled (they normally wire those for 480v electricity because they install them in BFE).
 
2012-07-12 09:51:07 AM

passiontiger74: thetrenchcoat: How much does a pay phone cost to use these days?

If you are using coins not too bad. However be warned by someone that works for the billing department of a larger payphone company that will remain nameless:
DON'T USE CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS IN THEM. I have people calling every day wondering why they are being charged between 20 and 60 USdollars for a call in the same city that was less than 3 minutes.
Same applies to the charges for calling collect./sorry for yelling.
//won't use caps (or a payphone) any time soon.


Back in the day there used to pay phones at the high school. When we were done with whatever, we'd call home collect and ask if they would take charges from "I'm done, pick me up".

My parents never did accept the call...
 
2012-07-12 10:01:12 AM
Whew. This means I can still hack in to the WOPR using one, right?
 
2012-07-12 10:31:06 AM
How is Supes going to change in a wifi hotspot?
 
2012-07-12 10:45:36 AM
One more generation, and we'll get:
images.wikia.com
 
2012-07-12 10:50:07 AM

maxwellhauser: Whew. This means I can still hack in to the WOPR using one, right?


Only if you can find a pull top from an old beer can to phreak the phone via the lock on the coinbox.
 
2012-07-12 11:29:26 AM
They're still the fastest way out of the Matrix.
 
2012-07-12 02:13:45 PM

bacongood: passiontiger74: thetrenchcoat: How much does a pay phone cost to use these days?

If you are using coins not too bad. However be warned by someone that works for the billing department of a larger payphone company that will remain nameless:
DON'T USE CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS IN THEM. I have people calling every day wondering why they are being charged between 20 and 60 USdollars for a call in the same city that was less than 3 minutes.
Same applies to the charges for calling collect./sorry for yelling.
//won't use caps (or a payphone) any time soon.

Back in the day there used to pay phones at the high school. When we were done with whatever, we'd call home collect and ask if they would take charges from "I'm done, pick me up".

My parents never did accept the call...


Would you like to accept charges from Bobhadababyitsaboy?
 
2012-07-13 09:37:25 AM
And..... only about a decade after the idea was first suggested!!!
 
2012-07-13 09:49:32 AM
Can't even find a payphone in vermont amymore.
And cel coverage?
ha,
welcome to 1845.
 
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