QCOSTARICA – When was the last time you used a payphone (public phone)? Are they still around? With their decline in use, the country’s state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), says it retired last year some 2,500 payphones.
According to ICE, currently it still has 5,240 payphones, amassing a loss of ¢560 million colones (over a million dollars) a year for the state agency.
Of the standing payphones, ICE says 80% of them are used by prisoners.
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In the streets payphones are few and far between, only used by someone who forgot their cellular phone or has run the battery dead.
None of the current payphones actually use coins, calls can only be made by use