Canada lost almost ten thousand payphones in 2016


  • Jesse

    What’s a pay phone? 😛

    • It’s Me

      A place to pick up ear herpes.

  • Kitty Burgers

    “Still, it’s a strange thing to see these relics of the past begin to vanish from sidewalks, subway stations and parking lots across the nation.”

    What are you talking about? It’s NOT strange that they are disappearing! That was the whole point of the article.

  • The reason most do not use payphones is @ $0.50 a pop and being in very few location, it is not financially wise to use them or waste time looking for one to use. Cell/Smart phones are more convenient to use, plans no longer charge for long distance calling across Canada and some even include calling to the USA. Also, some mobile companies include calling coverage while in the USA. The last reason we Canadians have been using payphones way less is that most of us Canadians have been going around with debit and or credit cards and hardly ever have change on us.

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    • Bill___A

      I believe I’ve seen Telus Payphones where they will allow a 10 minute call anywhere in Canada or USA for a dollar, which is actually a pretty good deal for a payphone. Years ago, I used payphones all the time and used telephone calling cards. I don’t use payphones anymore as my mobile plan is a lot better and it is my own phone. However, not all mobile phones can call across Canada on their plan for no extra charge. And not everyone turns on roaming. There is a lot less of a need for them than before, but I still think we should have some around. You can use a credit card on most payphones, but it is, I don’t think, very economical.

  • MoYeung

    50 cents per use? Last time I used it was still 25 cents…

  • Adderbox76

    2 uses per day per phone? That’s actually more usage than I thought there would be.

  • Joey Stoney

    I met a payphone repair tech once.

  • Ian

    A Statistics Canada survey released today shows that in 2016: 76% of Canadians own a smartphone and 16% of Canadians own a feature phone. The number is probably even higher in 2017. If you don’t own one then you probably know someone who does.

  • TheCuddlyKoala

    Really Canada? You still have payphones? Still using AOL also?

  • JuHoansi

    They started removing payphones in 2004 here in Calgary. Cell phones were still not ubiquitous then. Methinks there was a concerted effort to get people to switch over to cell phones.