In the technology world we are living, smartphones such as iPhone, Android phones, Blackberry or Windows phones are widely used for navigating various important activities in our daily life. Texting, instant messaging, emailing, voice or video calling are commonly-used by smartphone owners of many ages. Just because they are the common thing, many people have forgotten how a payphone look like.
In the 90s, 80s, 70s and earlier time, payphone is an important thing in everything cities. Travelers usually will carry coins or a prepaid phone card in order to make a call using a payphone.
People who were born in the 90s or after 2000s have less chance of using a payphone or public phone. This is because almost everyone owns a mobile phone and smartphone nowadays.
People born in the early 2010s might not even have a chance to see a payphone at public places because all of them will be in mesuem.
Do you still remember the steps to make a local call using a payphone and coins? Life the phone to listen for a dial tone and then insert $0.20, or $30 or $0.50. Begin to dial the local number you want to call.
In the 80s, people were doing research about which prepaid phone card is cheaper to make calls. They compared the cost-per-minute for each type of card available in the market.
It was very expensive to make a long-distance call from a payphone or public phone in the past. There are certain payphones charge up to $1.00 per minute.
The world has definitely changed today, it is free to send a message or even make a video call from a smartphone as long as you are connected to the internet. As for these public pay phones, they are all RIP in most of the museum.
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