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Jul 15, 2021 18:04 |  #106

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Jul 15, 2021 21:20 |  #107

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Hi, Inspeqtor. There are some phone boxes still in service but the majority have been vandalised and our service provider seems to have given up trying to keep up with the maintenance problem.

I can understand not wanting to pour money into system that is now what 30+ years out of date?


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Jul 15, 2021 22:50 |  #108

Inspeqtor wrote in post #19260287 (external link)
I can understand not wanting to pour money into system that is now what 30+ years out of date?

Hi Inspeqtor. The system is - as you say - 30+ years old. To be more precise 36 years old. I was instrumental in both its demise and the introduction and development of the national cellular system in the UK in 1985. We had been developing the system prior to 1980. There was a less sophisticated radiophone service operating in parts of the UK for about 10 years prior to this but it was a manual service with calls connected by operators, and it was only designed to cover the larger towns. The first mobile radio equipment was heavy and consumed a lot of current and would soon flatten a car battery if the engine was not kept running for long calls. Chicago had a cellular system up and running at this time - but as far as I remember it was a localised system and not at the time implemented nationally.


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Jul 15, 2021 22:52 |  #109

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Errrr! That's a phone box?-?


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Jul 16, 2021 00:36 |  #110

Ray.Petri wrote in post #19260308 (external link)
Hi Inspeqtor. The system is - as you say - 30+ years old. To be more precise 36 years old. I was instrumental in both its demise and the introduction and development of the national cellular system in the UK in 1985. We had been developing the system prior to 1980. There was a less sophisticated radiophone service operating in parts of the UK for about 10 years prior to this but it was a manual service with calls connected by operators, and it was only designed to cover the larger towns. The first mobile radio equipment was heavy and consumed a lot of current and would soon flatten a car battery if the engine was not kept running for long calls. Chicago had a cellular system up and running at this time - but as far as I remember it was a localised system and not at the time implemented nationally.

I am glad to find out that my guesstimate, and I really was guessing here the 30+ estimate was fairly accurate!!!


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Jul 16, 2021 00:38 |  #111

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airfrogusmc wrote in post #19260223 (external link)
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Errrr! That's a phone box?-?


Yes, the phone box is on the far<< left<< side!

I did not see it at first either!


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Jul 20, 2021 06:09 |  #112

Phone Box. Junction of Blue Boar Lane and High Street. Rochester. Kent. UK.

Not too sure what to make of this one.-? But not wishing to contract some lingering disease or worse, I did not try it.


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Jul 20, 2021 06:16 |  #113

Post Box. Junction of Blue Boar Lane and High Street. Rochester. Kent. UK.

Situated next to the Phone/Cash machine above. I'd feel a bit reluctant to post anything from there. I wonder what HRH QEII would think if she were to see it.:-)


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Jul 29, 2021 03:49 |  #114

Hythe. Kent. UK.
Junction of High Street and Mackeson Square.
Seems to be working.:-)


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Sep 11, 2021 01:52 |  #116

Blimey! Whatever next? An advert for artificial grass found in Sandwich, Kent, UK.
A lot of thought and skilled craftmanship must have gone into producing this!-?
Could it have been some art degree student's final project?

Maybe a better use would have been to house a defibrillator, or perhaps, a lock-up for any local hooligans! :-)


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Sep 17, 2021 02:38 |  #117

Folkstone Harbour. Folkstone Kent. UK.

Phone box being put to good use.

Working your way through the security might be the difference between life and death though.-?


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Sep 17, 2021 05:24 |  #118

did I ever post this one?

Many moons ago I worked for the NZPO (well, worked might be considered too strong a word!) and these fine specimens were spotted awaiting disposal having been replaced by more modern examples.
Wish I'd bought a couple - they're worth a fortune now!


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Sep 18, 2021 01:48 |  #119

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did I ever post this one?

Many moons ago I worked for the NZPO (well, worked might be considered too strong a word!) and these fine specimens were spotted awaiting disposal having been replaced by more modern examples.
Wish I'd bought a couple - they're worth a fortune now!

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Agreed - Similar thing happened here in my earlier days with the GPO. I had nowhere to store the damn things - most of them were broken for scrap, even the collectors didn't seem to want them at the time.


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Sep 21, 2021 00:18 |  #120

Old Public Telephone, without the box.
I wonder if you gave a handful of quarters to a kid today and told them to make a long distance call on this. Could they do it?


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