USA Pay phones (Public Phones) once numbered 200,000 is now shrinking in numbers. Although its usage is not going down rapidly. The pay phones are very popular with the tourists and the immigrant farm workers who want to contact with their home in their home country. The main reason for the decline in the Pay phones are the rapidly going down due to cheap mobile phones and decline in their phone call rate for the international calls. Although for many people that the Pay phone is cheaper to make international phone calls.
On the other hand the managers of the USA Pay phone are planning to dismantle these phones if they are not making at least 100 calls per month in any place. Because the costs related to the phone line, equipment, and maintenance are too much to keep it in the ground.
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Local governments understand the need of the pay phones during the emergencies. So they may put them in public places like stadiums, schools, or hospitals. For example when natural disaster stuck the country wireless towers went down or networks are jammed and people struggled to communicate and that time these USA Pay phones provided them assistance to make calls.
New York understands the need and are planning to upgrade their remaining 7,000 pay phones with free Wi-Fi. Companies are interested with the plan and are ready to share collection and the advertising fee with the City authorities.
Countries like Japan, South Korea and European nations are still maintaining their pay phone system at their best. In these countries people heavily depends on their Smartphones. If their battery goes down then what they can do while they are on the move. To solve these kinds of problems, more countries are maintaining pay phone system around Air ports, Bus terminals and Railway stations.
Source: Digital world.