pomelo / 5542 posts
No, but I do remember it being 20 cents.
cantaloupe / 6884 posts
My patents have a pay phone in their upstairs computer room. So probably less than a year ago. It's just hooked to the house phone line though, you don't have to pay.
blogger / pineapple / 12381 posts
Yes. I was in Oakland, CA in a horrible neighborhood and lost... I was a late adopter of cell phone technology. I stopped at this horrible phone and picked it up only to realize that someone had peed on it and that it wasn't attached by the cord to the phone box. I bought a cell phone shortly thereafter. This was around 2000.
coconut / 8426 posts
I think the last time was around January 2003. I was interning in the US and I didn't have a cell phone. I lost my roommate in the mall and was trying to get ahold of her at our shared place since I didn't want to abandon her at the mall! So I used a mall pay phone to call our place. Turns out she thought I had abandoned her and left
nectarine / 2163 posts
I literally have never used a pay phone!
pomelo / 5469 posts
It was probably 2005 when I visited the US for the first time on my own and my mobile was super expensive to use, so I used payphones to call collect.
GOLD / coconut / 8266 posts
I think it was in high school. I missed the bus and needed a ride home. No one was home for almost an hour and a half!
GOLD / wonderful grape / 20289 posts
I feel like it was in college on my Australia trip.
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39502 posts
Maybe in high school?
watermelon / 14367 posts
@Mrs. Jacks: I didn't get a cell phone until 2007 (when I got married). You're not alone on the late to cell-phones train.
pomegranate / 3331 posts
Ha last year! I left my cell at my parents house and got on the train back to the city. Once I got there, I had to go hunting for a pay phone, had to buy something to get change, and then when I made the call, it cut me off at 1 minute because apparently that's all 50 cents buys you! I had to call 3 times!
We don't realize how good we have it now.
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16728 posts
@Mrs. Jacks: Ewww!
@anonysquire: Your parents have one in their house? That's pretty cool!
@Pirouette: Reading your post reminded me of my last pay phone use. Can't remember where or when it was but I do remember scrambling to find change before it cut me off.
honeydew / 7667 posts
@bluestriped bee: I can't even remember the last time I saw a payphone.
pear / 1728 posts
a looong time ago. But what I do remember about it was that I was at a hockey game in high school, and I called collect (even though I had quarters) and when it said "please state your name" I said really quickly "Hi dad its Kelly Im done can you come get me? Love you bye!" so he never got charged lol. except I had to say it so fast it was like "HidaditsKellyImdonecanyoucomegetme?Loveyoubye!" lol
@bluestriped bee: i was so frazzled a cop came over and offered me a quarter! i was like thanks, but that's not enough to make a pay phone call these days. he was stunned, haha
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21593 posts
I think I was 11. I was out with my aunt and she got sick. I called my mom and she picked us up and took us to the hospital. That was the only time I ever used one. I think my aunt had food poisoning.
cantaloupe / 6397 posts
I think it was about 8 years ago when I thought I could go without a cell phone... I lasted about 2 weeks and then went running for the cell provider... lol
honeydew / 7888 posts
The last time was probably back in high school when I had to call my parents to pick me up from school. That was in 2003, which would be 10 years ago. Wow.
pomegranate / 3514 posts
It was probably when I was in high school and on a field trip before I got my cell phone.
bananas / 9899 posts
There are still pay phones in my hometown, but I don't think I've used one since I was in college 7 years ago.
honeydew / 7298 posts
I remember using one in like 9th grade. That was like 13 years ago.
@MrsH: I saw one at the grocery store last night. That's what reminded me. I don't know the last time I noticed one before.
kiwi / 733 posts
I can't remember! I also used them in middle school/high school to have parents come pick me up, but now I wouldn't even know where to find one if I needed one!
honeydew / 7589 posts
In JFK airport in 2011.
bananas / 9357 posts
I think it was 9th grade. I used the one we had at school a lot to call my mom to come pick me up. I then got a cell phone in 10th grade.
cantaloupe / 6800 posts
pineapple / 12079 posts
Nope its been years
GOLD / cantaloupe / 6581 posts
High school! We had a bunch in the cafeteria, and before I got my cell phone in like 10th grade I had to use them a lot to get my parents to pick me up after practice lol.
pear / 1959 posts
Yeah, it was probably 2000 or so - I was at a pool hall with my cousin and we went outside to use the payphone to call someone, I don't remember who. But I was wearing a blue belt and some guys walking by were cackling at me "Crip!" - because of the blue. I thought I was going to get shot I don't think I ever wore that belt again. (Oh and it was nighttime and we were in Phoenix...so two young girls in a not that great neighborhood...yeah).
GOLD / wonderful olive / 19026 posts
last time I remember is in jr. high I called my parents collect and when it said "say your name" I would say "come pick me up" and they would deny the charges and come pick me up at the school! haha so cheap.
GOLD / nectarine / 2721 posts
Holy crap...I honestly can't. Many many years.
ETA: Oooh, I remember now. In 2009 we were in Rome & had to call our bank in the US b/c our debit card had been cut off for "suspicious charges." We'd forgotten to tell them we'd be out of the country. Standing on the side of a busy street barely able to hear was good times.
GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts
No idea, but it's been at least 15 years.
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