Western Electric Bellsouth Payphone
A barely used pay phone from Bellsouth with neat signage. No coins needed for dial tone and phone rings. With less than 500,000 pay phones still in operation throughout the U.S., pay phones are becoming quite collectible. If you want one, check eBay. Here is a web article about BellSouth's decision to pull out of the pay phone business:
BellSouth to Eliminate All Its Pay Phones
February 03, 2001
BellSouth, the local phone monopoly for most of the Southeast, said today that it planned to pull all of its 143,000 pay phones out of service by the end of 2002.
The company, which is based in Atlanta, attributed the decision to the growing number of consumers who use cell phones and pagers rather than pay phones.
BellSouth said it hoped to sell many of the pay phones to other companies. But it will also give the hotels, airports, gas stations and other sites where the phones are situated the option to remove them.
''People are making new choices,'' a BellSouth spokesman, David Blumenthal, said. ''We've obviously recognized that pay phones are not part of that.''
BellSouth also said its pay phones had been producing smaller revenue because long-distance carriers pay them less money.