About a year ago, and to tell the truth we need to keep them, no matter how little revenue they now bring in.There are still people who do not have a mobile phone, and especially if it go's dead.
Why? did I have to use it, because my mobile had gone dead...see...see we need them :)
About three years ago I was stuck at the airport when the trains had stopped due to some sort of power failure. I needed to contact someone urgently. I couldn't get reception. Luckily I had a 50c piece on me for the public phone. Before that, probably 10 years since I've used a public phone.
I don't use a mobile phone, but I don't use public phones either. I have never made a phone call outside house. When I was younger, my mum would use a pay phone at the train station if we needed a taxi or collecting by my dad, but that was it.
Probably 4 years ago? When I first came to AU and knew absolutely no one, I went to a public telephone post to call my family members in Sydney! It was such a blessing, since I didn't have a cell phone at the time. I kept visiting that post for almost a week before I got my own phone.
I miss using a public telephone though - there's a unique beauty about that magical invention.
I have simply never used a telephone, and this shows how far technology has come over the last 10 years, especially with relation to mobile phones. I have never had a use for a public phone because I've always had the use of a mobile phone! I think public phones may become extinct within the next few years!
I can't recall when I last used a public telephone as I have a mobile. I think it is important public phones continue to exist as some people don't have a mobile, they lose theirs, it goes flat or they leave it home etc. I remember the days when I used to make calls from a phone box regularly as we didn't have a landline and mobiles hadn't been invented.
It was so long ago I can't remember the year but I do recall it was because I'd forgotten to pack something for an event I was organising but because I rarely ring home I'd forgotten our number so had to ring mum and ask her to ring home and pass the message on.