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With almost 100% of the population now using mobile phones, do you remember the last time you used a public phone and why?

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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 :)
Agreed. Needed in emergencies.
by dom a
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.
Probably in 1825 or thereabouts. I honestly can't remember.
What!!!!! 1825 not sure if it was even invented then...?
by jonaja
Lol ... maybe I am mistaken ... maybe that was when I was sending smoke signals.
LOL...LOL...LOL...thanks I needed that laugh :)
by jonaja
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.
I honestly can't remember...
I think it was in 2004. That seems so long ago now. Ten years. Wow.
by Vee
Can't remember. Last time I saw my old school uncle. When was that???
I can't remember it's been so long. Last time I tried to use one I found out you needed some sort of a pre-bought card to use it, so that turned me off.
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 didn't know they still existed :-)
I have never used public phones.
I have never used public phones.
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!
If I needed to use one I'd be sunk because all my numbers are in my mobile phone and the only number I know by heart is mine!
now that is a worry. in an emergency, if you need to borrow some other person's phone to contact someone, you are out of luck.
by fran.
Actually, the kids like playing with one down the road all the time - but they don't put money in, it's just fun to pretend!
by Lucy
I've never used a payphone and doubt I ever will.

If you've seen the movie Phonebooth with Colin Farrell you'll know why.
A long, long time ago. I think it's important that they're still around, though, for emergencies. Some people don't use mobiles and sometimes we may need to contact someone but our mobile is flat.
at the airport when waiting for someone to pick me up.....no sim, no internet and very tired. I was very grateful it existed
I cannot remember but probably about 20 years ago.
by Finy
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.
About 15 years ago maybe
Within the last year. To make a call away from home, for privacy!
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.
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