Vanishing Phone Booths
Pay phones are becoming obsolete for the same reason as landline phones. In fact, there is already a noticeable decline in the number of pay phones available on city streets and at service stations. The purpose of pay-phones was to provide a convenient connection to the wider world when the customer was away from a familiar landline. Many times they were also used by criminals because calls from a pay phone could not be traced to a particular user. With the presence of inexpensive cell-phones and pre-paid plans or phone cards, a pay phone is no longer the convenient option it once was. These relics of a bygone era are simply not profitable when everyone has access to portable, inexpensive wireless technology. Declining sales and the laws of economics are sure to make this once familiar sight a thing of the past.