Finnish payphone industry finished: here's why North America won't be next

Finnish payphone industry finished: here's why North America won't be next

Summary: Faulkner's Telecom Daily (subscription required to view) tells us this morning that Finland's largest telecom, TeliaSonera, will remove the last of its remaining 2,000 public telephones by May 2006 "due to low demand, high maintenance costs, and outdated equipment." TeliaSonera was the last of 16 Finnish telecoms to offer pay phones.

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Faulkner's Telecom Daily (subscription required to view) tells us this morning that Finland's largest telecom, TeliaSonera, will remove the last of its remaining 2,000 public telephones by May 2006 "due to low demand, high maintenance costs, and outdated equipment."

TeliaSonera was the last of 16 Finnish telecoms to offer pay phones. Finland, of course, is home of Nokia, who has been known to make a cellphone or two.

According to the most recently available stats from the FCC, the total number of pay phones in the U.S. was 1.5 million in 2003, a loss of nearly 600,000 from five years earlier.

Haven't used a payphone in quite a while, but I don't think the payphone is going away in North America. I see a few niches where they can and will survive.

Truck stops, locations out of cell coverage range, the inner sanctums of buildings where cell service is spotty, hospitals, bus stations and - I hate to say it - economically depressed neighborhoods.

Not college dorms and malls. Hello? Like everyone has a cellphone there.

Yes I do know about pay phones at airports. The kind you plug your laptop into. But Wi-Fi will - heck, is killing that.

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  • Payphones Not Going Anywhere In US

    How would you even go about ordering crack cocaine if you could not keep calling the dealer from a 7-11 payphone? Using a cell phone isnt too smart when making drug deals.
    kdwycha
    • Not always

      That's why disposable cell phones are all the rage. It's only a factor in about half of the episodes of Law and Order...
      voice_of_all_reason
    • Yes

      I'm sure the local bells will keep pay phones in order to cater to the drug-buying and selling public.
      John Carroll
  • I believe that payphones will soon be history in the US

    My daughter has a cell phone, she is 9 years old. Not my idea but a gift from the god mother. Every time that I am in the Mall I see kids hanging out with thier friends, they ALL have cell phones. 5 years ago the fad was pagers, now it is cell phones. If a child doesn't have a cell phone then they are a social outcast.

    Better cell phone coverage is what is going to happen, not the preservation of payphones.
    balsover
    • Payphones

      <www.800call4less.com>
      PayphoneBill
  • Pay phones in North America

    Actually, the US has a much higher level of poverty than most Scandanavian / European countries. We also have a lot of remote areas that don't have cell service yet. Payphones are also great to have around in the case of emergencies, natural disasters and for people that don't have cell phones. You would think that at some point in the future, our government would provide a support mechanism for public interest payphones...maybe now that we have democrats in Congress, something like that might pass??

    For more info about payphones, visit www.payphonenetwork.com or www.ncic.com
    PayphoneBill