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Vanishing Phone Booths

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This image is originally part of the article 5 Commonplace Things that are Quickly Disappearing from Everyday Life (And What's Replacing Them)

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.

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