Originally Posted by kyle_olsen
^ I know when my phone runs out of juice, a payphone is pretty useful.
You could however get rid of payphones that take coins, requiring one to either invest in a calling card or have a credit card to use it. I remember reading that for a phone to stay it had to take in something like $3200 a month a couple years ago. If you got rid of the cost of collecting coins, and the maintenance of such mechanisms, you could possibly end up with more phones being economical.
I know when I used to go to Western the payphones at the 7-11 & Shell Station at 17th & 5th St were rather sketchy.
I wonder if the economics of drug dealing is profitable enough for the dealers if put in a position with no pay phones would distribute Pay As you Go phones to junkies.
well, let's just say when I use a payphone to call back home, I usually go to a mall of some sorts as they're obviously in better shape than the ones on the street.