All the more reason to add a second battery for my Blackberry to the holiday shopping list...

While AT&T's decision doesn't mean the end of the pay phone -- independent firms still will offer the service -- public phones will become even more difficult to find.

The days when pay phones were stationed on nearly every busy street corner ended a decade ago. In 1998, there were an estimated 2.6 million pay phones operating nationwide, a figure that has declined to 1 million today, according to AT&T. About 250 million cell phones are in use in the United States. ...

Ward said that much pay-phone traffic these days comes from people whose cell phone batteries have gone dead or who are getting poor reception, as well as from people who don't own cell phones.
At O'Hare Airport, they've replaced a number of the former banks of pay phones with power charging stations (for laptops and cell phones).  Clever spatial re-use and recognition of the changing times.

Link: Chicago Tribune: AT&T saying good-bye to its last pay phones >

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