Pay Phone Usage Down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The increased use of cell phones has caused pay phone revenue to drop about 25 percent for SBC.

The phone company says the number of pay phones has shrunk to about 14 and a-half thousand from about 27,000 in Wisconsin three years ago.

SBC is removing phones that aren't carrying their weight in quarters. The drop in the number of pay phones in Wisconsin matches a national trend.

The American Public Communications Council represents independent pay phone firms. The group says there are about 1.9 million phones nationwide -- down from 2.6 in 1997.

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