Pay Phones Are Disappearing - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Pay Phones Are Disappearing

Some of you may have noticed that there aren't nearly as many pay phones around as there once was.  And it's no accident either.  The growing popularity of cell phones is helping displace the pay phone.

As the wireless phone industry grows by leaps and bounds, pay phones are disappearing. Bell South recently announced it's pulling out of the pay phone business.

Industry analysts estimate more than 300,000 pay phones have been removed in the past three years.  Rick Stewart is the regional manager for Bell South, and he says the decline in pay phones is directly proportional to the rise in cellular phones.

"What we've found is since 1998 there's been an accelerated decline in the usage of pay phones. We attribute that to a lot of the new technologies, particularly wireless," Stewart says.  "The growth of wireless usage has certainly created other options for customers and therefore pay phone usage has declined."

Meanwhile, the number of cell phones in the United States has increased from four million in 1990 to more than 110 million today.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Bow WOW; Graduation day is here

    Bow WOW; Graduation day is here

    Saturday, July 22 2017 12:37 PM EDT2017-07-22 16:37:22 GMT
    This is one of the therapy dogs to earn a diploma today at Memorial Hospital (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)This is one of the therapy dogs to earn a diploma today at Memorial Hospital (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

    It's graduation day for therapy dogs and their handlers. A dozen pet partners donned caps and gowns for this graduation ceremony. The eleventh annual graduation exercise was at Guflport's Memorial Hospital.

    More >>

    It's graduation day for therapy dogs and their handlers. A dozen pet partners donned caps and gowns for this graduation ceremony. The eleventh annual graduation exercise was at Guflport's Memorial Hospital.

    More >>
  • 'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:26:16 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:22 AM EDT2017-07-22 15:22:00 GMT

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>
  • Two wrecks, one critical injury on I-110

    Two wrecks, one critical injury on I-110

    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:07 AM EDT2017-07-22 15:07:45 GMT
    (Photo: file)(Photo: file)

    One driver was in critical condition after a series of accidents Saturday morning on I-110. That driver was reportedly unable to stop or swerve around an accident scene. He slammed into a car on the southbound side of I-110. The damage was so severe, he had to be cut out of the car by first responders.

    More >>

    One driver was in critical condition after a series of accidents Saturday morning on I-110. That driver was reportedly unable to stop or swerve around an accident scene. He slammed into a car on the southbound side of I-110. The damage was so severe, he had to be cut out of the car by first responders.

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    'Home Alone' dad John Heard dies at 72

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-07-22 14:26:16 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 11:22 AM EDT2017-07-22 15:22:00 GMT

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>

    John Heard appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout a lengthy acting career, but it was his role as the father of Macauley Culkin's character in two "Home Alone" films that gained him notoriety.

    More >>
  • GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    GRAPHIC VIDEO: Teens mock drowning man

    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:14:47 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-07-21 01:39:28 GMT

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

    More >>

    Police say no laws were violated by five teens who made a video of a drowning man and posted it to social media. 

    More >>
  • Firefighters from five counties battle huge fire in Granite Falls

    Firefighters from five counties battle huge fire in Granite Falls

    Saturday, July 22 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-07-22 16:08:40 GMT

    The fire broke out at the Old Shuford Mill on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls, right across the street from the Granite Falls Police Department.

    More >>

    The fire broke out at the Old Shuford Mill on Falls Avenue in Granite Falls, right across the street from the Granite Falls Police Department.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly