Remember the days of the payphones? They used to dot street corners and buildings in cities and towns across Saskatchewan and now they’re another piece of rare, vintage technology. But they are still in existence!
Everyday on my way to work I walk by a payphone and its booth on Victoria Ave. in Regina. It’s right beside a beautiful condo complex in Regina’s downtown. I’m not sure if the phone book is still there (a topic for another day), but the phone and little booth remain intact.
This morning is made me think about the last time I used a payphone. It was late November of 2003 in Toronto. I remember it vividly because two classmates, our teacher and I were participating in a high school quiz show. Not only did I have to call my grandparents for an update on a payphone, I did so by making a collect call! Does anybody make collect calls now?
According to SaskTel’s 2015 numbers there are only about 1,500 payphones left in the province, a number that is likely smaller in 2017 thanks to advances in cellphone technology and plans.
Do you remember the last time you made a phone call on a payphone and why?