AT&T exiting pay phone business

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In what is yet another sign of the wireless times, AT&T Inc. said yesterday that it plans to leave the pay phone business by the end of next year.

AT&T representatives said pay phone use has been shrinking as the prominence and ease of attaining cell phones has grown.

Pay phones in the United States have declined across the industry from about 2.6 million phones during 1998 to an estimated 1 million phones today, according to a statement from AT&T.

The move affects AT&T pay phones in the company’s traditional 13-state service area only.

The exit will include the phase out of collect-call pay phones at government correctional facilities.

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    December 19, 2007 at 12:53 am