Goodbye payphones…

At least in chunks of the USA. AT&T is getting rid of them by the end of next year.

The USA had 2.6m payphones in 1998 and about 1m now.

Apparently, the story goes, AT&T (or someone else) commissioned McKinsey years ago to determine the demand for mobile phones.

The answer that came back was that the demand for mobile phones would be tiny, as folk were almost always within a few metres (ok – probably feet) or minutes of a pay phone.

I guess that study’s methodology could actually work these days – and even come up with the right answer.

Published by Lance Wiggs


One reply on “Goodbye payphones…”

  1. It’s amazing as I cannot even remember using a payphone for probably 15 years. I remember in the late 90’s to early 2000’s pay phone route owners were selling the routes all over, i guess some of them were fortunate enough to see the writing on the wall.


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