The number of payphones is expected to decrease to fewer than 20,000
The uptake of mobile phones in Australia has seen the number of payphones decrease from 87,000 in 1993 to 35,000 in 2010 with the number expected to decrease to fewer than 20,000 in the coming years.
In an effort to keep payphones on city footpaths and in country towns, the Federal Government has signed a commercial contract worth $40 million a year for the next 20 years with Telstra to ensure the current 18,074 Telstra owned payphones remain serviced and in working order.
It is fair to say that payphones are now an obsolete technology inAustralia, with use seemingly limited to one-off calls and tourists making overseas phone calls. I find the idea that the government is spending $40 million a year to keep the payphone system operational a tad excessive, even if it provides peace of mind that there is a phone nearby in case of an emergency.
What do you think? Is my age blinding me from an essential service utilised by the older generation, or should the Federal Government limit the number of payphones they are willing to fund throughout the country to lower the cost?
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