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The Not-So-Secret and Ignored Life of Pay Phones
Remember public pay phones? When was your last call? How much was it? Can you avoid the bubonic plague while using pay phones? Does anyone clean them? Gadget archeologist Anna Jane Grossman has the same questions.

I remember the last time I used a pay phone. It was one of those winter once-upon-a-times, in Madrid, when I was a teenager. I remember having to wait in line to call my parents, trying not to give away my drunkenness after a night out. It sounded like crap. It was full of crap. And my mom gave me crap for telling her that I was arriving home late once again.

I can't even remember how much the call was, but I remember that the seven by seven-foot guy behind me asked me for a coin. His bloody—as in full of blood—Iron Maiden t-shirt and black eye were good arguments. I gave him two coins. I'm pretty sure a third hand came out of his ZZ Top beard to grab them.

Obsolete author and Giz collaboratorAnna Jane Grossmanwent to the Third Avenue, in New York, to check out the life of the metal animals that don't give a damn about your iPhone. She did this great video with filmmaker Dan Scofield. Enjoy it. [Obsolete and JustaGuyWhoKnows]


Send an email to Jesus Diaz, the author of this post, at jesus@gizmodo.com.

http://gizmodo.com/5383536/the-not+so+secret-and-ignored-life-of-pay-phones?autoplay=true



Updated: 2009-10-17 by Apollo Clark
Posted 2009-10-17 11:45:39 by Apollo Clark
Comments on this story... (toggle all)

Huh? [Jon Ippolito, 2009-10-17 16:53:55]

I didn't know there were 21 functioning payphones in all of Manhattan. And I'm talking before cell phones!


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