Street level payphones are still very much a presence in NYC, so
maybe that technique could be used over there.
Basically, the trick is... to allow advertising on the phone kiosk.
In NYC, for example, if you run a bookstore (hey, grandpa, what's
a book?) and you want to place a banner across teh sidewalk
or a clapboard sign.. well, you can't.
But if there's a payphone on the corner, you can put
up a 3 foot by 6 foot sign on it. And there are a whole
bunch of sides to that kiosk...
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
I wasn't there, but I used to be a volunteer
FF. It is very possible that a good FD might
have saved the building, or much of the
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On Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:10:00 -0500, Gordon Shumway
Hell, the owner may have set the fire. And even if he didn't he may
be glad no one called till it was too late because that way the whole
thing burned instead of it just being damaged. Now he can just get
the money for the place and decide to either rebuild or take the money
and run. Saves on demolition costs too.
What is a VOIP phone?
Is that what I posted in another message in this thread, where it's a
device that looks similar to a payphone, but with no dial buttons, and
only calls 911 ????
While telcos wont make much money from a payphone, I think they should
be required to install them in small rural towns. After all, they are
making money from each customer in that town, so they should provide an
emergency phone. There cant be a lot of maintenance on those phones.
Besides, there are federal funds available for providing 911 service in
rural areas, but it seems like many of the towns are not using it.
On Friday, October 16, 2015 at 11:23:40 AM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Given the explosion in cell phones, I don't see the need. We have
far better phone availability today than we ever did with pay phones.
The far better solution to the OP's case would be for someone to
provide cell phone service to that town. How do we even know they
really don't already have it? Could be the carrier the OP has doesn't
have service there, his phone is configured to roam, etc.
VOIP = Voice Over Internet Protocol, ie phone service over an
internet connection. It's why copper landlines are rapidly disappearing.
On Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:03:35 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
The Sheriffs and Fire Dept. acknowledge there is no service. A cell
tower was to be built 4 years ago. A few months ago, they decided to
abandon it, and move it to another small town, claiming it will still
serve the town where the fire occured. Even the authorities said they
doubt it will help since the planned location of the new tower will be
12 miles away. Even so, there is no planned date to build the tower, and
it could be many more years ????
Even if they started to build a tower tomorrow, in the meantime there is
still no emergency service. A payphone can probably be installed in an
hour or two (or less).
Right now, payphones, or one of those 911 ONLY type of outdoor phones,
are the only option. (Or a call box, but those are REALLY obsolete).
It will be nice if they ever build a cell tower, but until then, a means
to call 911 is most important.
On Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:12:04 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
I asked this before and didn't see an answer, so I'll try again.
How small is this town? Can they put the pay phone someplace where everyone - even out of
towners - could find it if there was a fire anywhere in town?
Would a single pay phone solve the issue that you are concerned about?
On Friday, October 16, 2015 at 11:32:35 PM UTC-4, DerbyDad03 wrote:
I'm on the same page. If you really
need to call 911 in a small town, you can certainly bang on
someone's door. Likely doors are going to be easier to find when
you've just had a serious accident or have an axe murderer chasing
you, than a pay phone. The real big hole is when you're traveling
in the middle of nowhere, hiking, etc and there is neither cell
phone coverage, nor anyone living nearby that has phone service.
The odd thing is that in a small town like that, you would think
there would still be at least one pay phone left from years gone
by. I'm going to start paying attention to where there are or
aren't payphones around here today, just for the heck of it.
Here, you could walk around the block and pass 16 pay phones (if there
was one every 100 feet).
Really, there MIGHT be a pay phone within 1.5 miles of here. I know
there used to be a few (Kroger, and one at a gas station).
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On Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:18:30 AM UTC-4, trader_4 wrote:
Do you think it's time to officially call BS on this story?
It sure seems suspicious that he won't address my simple question related getting that pay
Maybe the fire story is true (the name of the town or a link to a news story would settle that) but
Perhaps he finally realizes that a single pay phone isn't going to be the solution for an entire
town, regardless of how small it is.
On Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:11:51 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You ignored my earlier reply about you paying for a payphone yourself
to help those poor, abused citizens, why is that? One would think you
are that towns' only hope of communicating with the outside world.
Please, open your wallet and help those victimized residents that
cannot help themselves. It's your civic duty.
Let us know how you saved them when you have.
I looked up VOIP. That wont work at all, because there is no internet in
that town. In fact the restaurant that burned was the only place in
town that had WIFI, which in itself drew in customers, esp. young kids
with smartphones. In warm weather they often sat outside using their
Even where I live, which is close to a larger town, all I have is
dialup, unless I was willing to pay around $100 a month for satellite.
Many rural areas around here are technologically deprived. But I know
this is true in many parts of the country. I can live without fast
internet, but not having emergency service is not only irritating, but
On Friday, October 16, 2015 at 5:47:19 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
If the restaurant has wifi, then there is obviously some internet
connectivity in the town. They are connected somehow.
And if that restaurant is an open Wifi and you had a VOIP app on
your smartphone, you could have made a call using that. I have a
VOIP app on my phone.
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