Phone Booth, Ushuaia (and a Quick Survey)

Phone booth Ushuaia

When was the last time you used a pay phone?

This was taken three years ago today near the bottom of the world in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city on the planet. It reminded me of an elevator to hell.

It was the last time I used a pay phone. Or, more precisely, a phone booth.

Whenever you step outside in Ushuaia, you should do so prepared to encounter at least three seasons. About twenty minutes after I took this, I returned to take cover from a swirling downpour that emerged from the proverbial “nowhere”. I didn’t make any calls though.


For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 757th straight, was snapped on 30-Jan-2013. I think it works reasonably well for vibrant, this week’s photo challenge.



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  1. gardeninacity says

    Probably about fifteen years ago.

  2. paula graham says

    I can not even remember , although I did use them occasionally. Interesting question, well illustrated too.

  3. Kiri says

    An enterprising telecommunications company here is turning their phone booths into WiFi hotspots.

    1. Bob R says

      Same in New York City. I saw this just yesterday:

  4. ladieswholunchreviews says

    Honestly, when this first came up on my reader, I thou g by it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Too much time with a 3 year old…it’s very vibrant 😉

  5. capejohn says

    As a retired phone guy. I miss those booths.

    1. Bob R says

      Well for what it’s worth the booths themselves are staying in many places, just re-worked. Did you see this? They’re being used as free wifi spots around New York City:

      1. capejohn says

        We have come a long way from a pocket full of nickles.

  6. Manja Mexi Movie says

    Some twenty years go, from Copenhagen, Denmark. It was nice calling home.

  7. Jean Reinhardt says

    We used a pre-paid card to call Ireland from public phones when we moved to Spain, until we bought a house and put a landline in. That was the last time I used a phone box so it must have been about twelve years ago. We bought our first mobile phones fifteen years ago when we arrived in Spain.

    1. Bob R says

      “Phone box” – there’s a term I don’t hear every day. 🙂

      1. Jean Reinhardt says

        That’s what we called them here in Ireland, lol. This very enterprising Irish company is intent on keeping their memory alive.

  8. Angeline M says

    In Venice (Italy, not California) in 2002.

  9. Les Petits Pas de Juls says

    Can’t remember either… don’t know if I ever used one during my travels abroad, which would have been the opportunity…

  10. Paula says

    Has to be the mid-eighties….I don’t think they even exist around here anymore.

    1. Bob R says

      Wow. That IS a long time ago.

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