AT&T to hang up pay phones by end of 2008
The telecommunications company says the increased popularity of cell phones has prompted the move.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- A 129-year era is set to end at AT&T, as the telecommunications giant will exit the pay phone field by the end of next year, the company said in a written statement Monday.
The move affects approximately 65,000 pay phones in the company's traditional 13-state service area. BellSouth, which was acquired by AT&T in late 2006, became the first major phone company to exit the pay phone business in 2001.
AT&T said reduced pay phone usage, coupled with increased popularity of cellular phones and wireless devices, prompted the move.
Senior Vice President David Huntley said the company will work toward a smooth 13-month transition, as both public pay phones and phones provided under contracts at government correctional facilities will be phased out.
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