Thursday, October 13th, 2011
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America's Disappearing Pay Phones

"Thanks to the rise of the cellphone, there are only about 425,000 pay phones left nationwide, down from a peak of 2.2 million in 2000, according to the American Public Communications Council, a trade group representing many of the country's roughly 800 independent pay-phone operators." For a little perspective, that number is slightly smaller than the total population of Staten Island.

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zmack (#5,411)

Soooo what you're saying is that everyone who lives on Staten Island is free to keep using their beloved pay phones?!

deepomega (#1,720)

@zmack DAMNIT

Also, they are expensive! I forgot my cell phone once on a trip a few years ago and had to call my ride from a pay phone at the airport. It was 50 cents! Saying "drop two quarters" on someone just doesn't sound right.

deepomega (#1,720)

So everyone on Staten Island has their OWN PAY PHONE? I guess that sort of OPPULENT LUXURY is just how life goes on Staten Island.

swizzard (#329)

In related news, rates of ear herpes have dropped drastically.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

It's getting harder and harder to return my pages.

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