The Death of the Pay Phone
Once numbering over 2 million in the U.S., an estimated 100,000 remain. But they are getting hard to find. Especially ones that work.
Editor's Note: On Monday, May 23, 2022, New York City’s last public pay phone was unbolted from a sidewalk in Midtown Manhattan and ceremoniously placed on the back of a flatbed truck. The relic from a bygone age already has a new home at the Museum of the City of New York. Even though this particular phone was officially recognized as the city’s last, a handful of others stubbornly remain. In New York and across the country, this once-ubiquitous communication device continues its slide into oblivion.
This article was updated on May 26, 2022 to include the image from Indianapolis, Ind., and the notice about the removal of New York City's last public pay phone.