CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2003 |
Two public telephones in North Hills that were illegally installed and used primarily by drug dealers and prostitutes were removed Monday by city officials, Mayor James K. Hahn announced. The pay phones, located at Parthenia Street and Cedros Avenue near a liquor store and laundermat, were not permitted and were not maintained by any legitimate telephone companies, said Katisha Robinson, a spokeswoman for the mayor. "They were very sophisticated in the way the phones were hooked up," she said.
February 3, 2001
* BellSouth Corp. said it plans to exit the pay-phone business by the end of 2002, partly because the boom in mobile phone usage has sapped its sales. The company, the local phone service provider for most of the Southeast, said it wants to concentrate on its high-speed, Internet and digital networks, wireless data and voice business and its operations in Latin America. BellSouth shares fell $1.50 to $41.50 on the NYSE.
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.