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« on: 13/05/2009 08:47:50 »
I suppose we have officially entered into the era where payphones no longer exist.  We will be telling our kids & grandkids about the days when we would put quarters into a phone.  I live in Syracuse, New York and our downtown area is completely without payphones.  I do remember them once existing.  Also, I am a student at Syracuse University and in the huge library there are pay phone booths on every floor.  The booths, however, do not have phones in them.   

Also, traveling to a rental store is a thing of the past.  When  ever I rent movies, I simply rent them online.  Remember the days when we had to remember to rewind our VHS before returning them?
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« Reply #1 on: 13/05/2009 09:50:19 »
Remember the days when we had to remember to rewind our VHS before returning them?
YES.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 13/05/2009 14:28:06 »


I found a lovely working K8 when I was on holiday recently and discovered that it wasn't listed.

I informed the 20th Century Socity about this, thinking they may put up a plaque with my name on it or something, but they didn't even reply.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 13/05/2009 16:17:07 »
Since the introduction of the Cell Phone, there is so little need for public phone boxes.

This was the first 'mobile' phone I had-


Lets be honest, there was very little 'mobile' about this!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 13/05/2009 16:22:48 »
I knew someone who had one of those too! Do I know you Don? There can't have been two people with those, surely?

And Turnipsock - I'm sure that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I don't see what is so attractive about that! And was that the precursor to the dog-shaped phone booth?
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« Reply #5 on: 13/05/2009 17:03:32 »
There was at least two of us with these monstrosities. A colleague in Norfolk had the same model. It cost me 2000 + 60 connection fee and 27.50 monthly line rental!!! How times have changed.

These are the good old phone boxes:
 

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« Reply #6 on: 13/05/2009 17:08:12 »
There was at least two of us with these monstrosities. A colleague in Norfolk had the same model. It cost me 2000 + 60 connection fee and 27.50 monthly line rental!!! How times have changed.


Sorry - can't resist. "There WERE at least ..." FOG

I bet there was a fair whack spent on spinal correction with lugging around all that weight! I like the scene in Pretty Women where Richard Gere is using a "mobile" - it's not quite as large as that but so easy to forget how quickly the technology has moved on.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 13/05/2009 17:28:10 »
Yikes!!! Grandma will be turning in her grave!!!

You should have seen my first calculator, it was called Colossus



Opps, wrong Colossus, try again
 

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« Reply #8 on: 13/05/2009 22:52:17 »
I remember those things! The place where I worked after school (the vet) had one with BT Cellnet. It was ma-hooo-sive!

There are still some payphones near Oxford Circus (London) - I found them one day when I left my mobile at home. BT say they're not removing them as such, they're just not replacing or repairing them as they break/are destroyed by vandals.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 13/05/2009 23:24:09 »
Lots of the South-Cambridgeshire villages still have their traditional red phone boxes ... though maybe not for much longer. BT is no-longer accepting coins in many of them.

Someone round the corner from where I used to live in Horley in Surrey had a red phone box in his front garden!


I only use phone boxes these days when I need to call 0800 freefone numbers as otherwise they cost 25p/min from my mobile!
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