Did you know that, according to FCC statistics, the number of pay phones in the United States has dropped from 2, 121, 526 in 1999 to 1, 006, 802 in 2006? That’s a decline of nearly 53% in just seven years, presumably due to increased adoption of cell phones.
The last time I used a pay phone was about two and a half years ago. I was travelling, my wife was pregnant with Son #4, and I forgot my cell phone in my hotel room. I therefore had to use a pay phone to check in at lunch time.
Before that? It was probably the winter of 2001 when I lost my cell phone while traveling (on my way to a job interview, no less) and had to call my wife from Chicago’s Midway Airport to get her to follow up with Sprint while I ran for my next flight.