Should payphones dissapear?

Posted: February 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

190220098341The above noticed appeared on the nearest payphone recently. I can’t say that I am happy about this development. While I can see the economic thinking behind this move I am convinced that public payphones in rural areas are an essential service. I am interested in seeing what the general concensus is..


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  1. There is a similar notice on the phonebox outside the dart station in Dalkey.

    Public payphones have gotten me out of a fix or two over the years! (normally in rural areas).

    Seems like the decision is based on the amount of use vs the cost to service, repair vandalism etc. (http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0122/breaking73.htm)

    Here’s an interesting article from 3 years ago about the issue.
    http://short.ie/uetx2y
    (I lived minutes away from the famous phonebox they mention)

    I’d love to see them upgrade the phoneboxes to include wireless access points, but can see how that could also be costly and prone to vandalism. Not sure how they’d make money from that.

    Hopefully they’ll respond to feedback from users, and keep the phone box in Terryglass.

  2. I think it’s just natural development of the phones. I would still suggest to leave payphones in airports and main dart stations (tourists should be able to make local calls without expensive roaming).

    On the article Darragh mentioned, Eircom says that they added WiFi in the payphones. However I would better sit in the Internet Cafe than stand in the cold in payphone box. It’s great idea, but not very comfortable for users.

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