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DIZZI

DIZZI Report 25 Sep 2012 19:38

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED A PHONE BOX
20p A CALL
BUT DID YOU KNOW I COSTS 60p TO SET CALL UP
I DIDNT TILL THE OTHER DAY,


LONG WAY FROM THE 4d TALK FOR HOURS

DIZZI

DIZZI Report 25 Sep 2012 19:56


BT Public Payphone Serviceabil

Cash
The minimum fee is 60p (includes 40p connection charge). Local and National* calls are charged at 60p for the first 30 minutes, then 10p for each subsequent 15 minutes or portion thereof


http://www.payphones.bt.com/publicpayphones/paymentprices.htm

JoyBoroAngel

JoyBoroAngel Report 25 Sep 2012 20:02

i think i last used a telephone box about 1998 or 9

when i got locked out wearing only a bath towel
i had to reverse the charges to my hubbys boss

to tell him to come home and let me in :-( :-(

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 25 Sep 2012 20:06

I haven't used a public telephone box for yonks, can't remember the last time.
I wonder if Dr Hook still tries calling Sylvia now that the prices have gone up.

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's busy, too busy to come to the phone
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's trying, to start a new life of her own
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's happy, so why don't you leave her alone
And the operator says Forty cents more, for the next three minutes

CHORUS:
Please Mrs. Avery I just got to talk to her
I'll only keep her a while
Please Mrs. Avery I just want to tell her
Goodbye

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's packing, she's going be leaving today
Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's marrying, a fellow down Galveston-Way
Sylvia's mother says Please don't say nothing, to make her start crying and stay
And the operator says Forty cents more, for the next three minutes

CHORUS

Sylvia's mother says Sylvia's hurrying, she's catching the nine o'clock train
Sylvia's mother says Take your umbrella, cause Sylvia it's starting to rain
And Sylvia's mother says Thank you for calling and sir won't you come back again
And the operator says Forty cents more, for the next three minutes

CHORUS

Tell her goodbye. Please, tell her goodbye.



JoyBoroAngel

JoyBoroAngel Report 25 Sep 2012 20:07

i love that song xx :-D :-D

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 25 Sep 2012 20:08

can't recall the last time - many years ago

PricklyHolly

PricklyHolly Report 25 Sep 2012 20:10

Jeez, i can't even remember Dizzi but it has to be over 25 yrs ago!

I have always fancied having a bright red phone box in my garden.

I don't know about now, but a few years back you could buy one for about £200.....£400.

It wasn't so much the cost of it, it was the cost of having it delivered and then hiring a crane to lift it over the garden wall!

I want one!!!

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 25 Sep 2012 20:46

P.H
I know I've seen loads of phone boxes at a reclamation yard as we travel to Canterbury.
Just had a look at their site online and I think you're going to have to keep saving your pennies for a long time yet. !

http://www.bygones.net/

Gwyn

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 25 Sep 2012 20:54

Tom Jones bought the one he used to telephone his wife from when they were courting - it's at his house in USA

People across the road from me have one in their garden

PricklyHolly

PricklyHolly Report 25 Sep 2012 21:00

Bloomin eck Gwyn!!

I wish i had bought one now!! :-\

Kay????

Kay???? Report 25 Sep 2012 22:21

I often have to use one as I forget to take mobile,you cant get connected for 20p.....

SueMaid

SueMaid Report 25 Sep 2012 22:53

We don't seem to have phone boxes here in Aus. anymore although there are public phones in shopping centres and railway stations. I think with the advent of mobile phones and the constant vandilisation of phone boxes is just not viable anymore. Shame really because I can remember the fun of half a dozen girls crowding into a phone box to ring up some boy or other.

Allan

Allan Report 25 Sep 2012 23:47

The last time I used a phone box I came out with my underpants on the outside and wearing a red cape :-D

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 26 Sep 2012 00:17

Allan!!! :-D

Last time I used one was 2 years ago at Southampton Airport.
I was coming back from Faro, plane (the only plane - easyjet) was delayed due to a fault.

We arrived 4 hours late - at midnight.
No trains or buses running to Winchester, and I couldn't get a signal on my mobile!!
I phoned a friend to pick me up - cost me about £3

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 26 Sep 2012 00:31


Do they still have button A and button B ?!! :-D :-D

Malcolm

Malcolm Report 26 Sep 2012 07:59

When I worked with Telefonica one of the managers told me that in the 1980's they had a bunch of public phones in Palma Mallorca which took over a million pesetas (about 5000 pounds) every day in summer. They had a full time man on the site to empty the cash boxes hourly.

With the advent of mobiles Telefonica have reduced the phones in each booth from two to one. You rarely see anyone using them.

Bobtanian

Bobtanian Report 26 Sep 2012 10:29

last time I used a phone box was when you could get through by tapping out the number on the handset rest

not me, I might add

Merlin

Merlin Report 26 Sep 2012 14:07

Big difference to the old ones when you could Press button B and get your money back. :-S

Island

Island Report 26 Sep 2012 14:10

I didn't do that either Bob :-0 ;-)

Merlin

Merlin Report 26 Sep 2012 14:14

Were you both in the same phone box then? :-D :-D