January 22, 2001 |
The pay phone in Goodyears Bar, population 100, is gone. So is the one in Gazelle, population 400, and the one at the public school in pint-sized Pike. The ubiquitous pay phone is disappearing from lonely outposts and city street corners throughout the state, the victim of cellular phone competition and other economic pressures. In the last year, companies yanked out about 1,000 pay phones a month in California.
May 23, 2000 |
What might have been the world's most isolated phone has rung for the last time. The decades-old telephone booth with the shot-out windows became a worldwide attraction in recent months because of its remote location deep in the Mojave National Preserve. However, Pacific Bell and National Park Service officials said they had to remove the phone last week because it attracted too many curiosity seekers.
January 9, 2000 |
You want to make a phone call and you don't want the world listening in. You want some privacy. You want a phone booth. But where to find one? Sure, there are phones everywhere. Banks of them are set into the walls of hotel lobbies and bank towers. Three-sided stands with steel bars across the phones to prevent theft are anchored outside liquor stores and drugstores. But there are almost no real phone booths left.
November 2, 1999 |
A phone in the middle of the Mojave Desert, which gained a cult following after it became the subject of Internet sites, was temporarily silenced by vandals after ringing off the hook for months. Vandals apparently stole the handset of a phone in the isolated booth in the Mojave National Preserve, about 75 miles from Las Vegas. Pacific Bell repaired the phone Monday, said spokesman Steve Getzug. It was unclear how many days the phone had been out of service, he said.
September 18, 1999 |
With only the lazy Joshua trees and hovering buzzards out here to bear witness, this isolated expanse of high-desert plain could well be among the quietest places on the planet. By day, the summer heat hammers hard and the dull whistle of the wind is the only discernible noise. Come nightfall, the eerie silence is often pierced by the woeful bleat of a wandering burro. But wait. There's another sound.
August 13, 1999 |
Convicts are orchestrating drug deals, business frauds and even murders from behind the walls of the nation's 94 federal prisons--simply by picking up pay phones, according to a study released Thursday by the Justice Department. Investigators found that inmates in the federal system--including eight California facilities--have gained virtually unrestricted access to phones, often abusing that privilege to stay in contact with criminal associates in the outside world.