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    Quote Originally Posted by bdw:
    In Australia they are called No-pay phones, because they are free for national calls and texts, only have to pay for international calls. Usage is surging, about 2 million calls a month.

    https://7news.com.au/technology/tels...tton-c-9983760

    https://www.telstra.com.au/exchange/...free-calls-bei
    That's a good idea - not heard of it before. Is it only Telstra? Telstra is 51% state owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elefant&Castle:
    That's a good idea - not heard of it before. Is it only Telstra? Telstra is 51% state owned.
    Telstra used to be government owned decades ago, but not anymore, now just a publicly listed company, the largest of 3 major telcos in Aus. But they own and maintain all the payphones in Aus.

    They made payphones free for all Australians two years ago and made a big song and dance about it.

    https://youtu.be/_QFsRN2BSXg?si=YMH8ovtFOqCQduzd

    https://youtu.be/I6_n4IXVeOQ?si=UEfiwUw9mQiRQMvi
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    The unique phone boxes in Hull have been given protected heritage status

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    Heritage status ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    Heritage status ...

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    That is part of Hull's heritage

    I just googled public phone near me. There is one 60km away apparently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Degen:
    I go for long walks and don't like carrying a smartphone because of its weight. The other day, I needed to make a call at a specific time of the day. So I looked up the list of payphone location, and memorized the location of 5 payphones along the route.

    The first 2 payphones did not work, and the environments were dirty. The third one worked and was clean (it was across from Yuen Long Plaza). I was able to successfully make the call.

    It feels great going out without the phone. I wish the payphones are better maintained. Because reliability is only 33%. And I am really surprised MTR do not have payphones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdw:
    In Australia they are called No-pay phones, because they are free for national calls and texts, only have to pay for international calls. Usage is surging, about 2 million calls a month.

    https://7news.com.au/technology/tels...tton-c-9983760

    https://www.telstra.com.au/exchange/...free-calls-bei

    And Telstra are making a fortune on using the outside of the phone boxes for advertising. I recall the ones in the Bourke St Mall in Melbourne achieved premium advertising rates....
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    I became a millionaire in my teens by pressing Button B in every Red Telephone Box I came across. And my best friend was TIM.


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