The Phone of the Future is Still Broken

By  |  Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

On my way home from Verizon’s iPhone event in New York–I returned to the John F. Kennedy International Airport seven hours after I left it–I wanted to sit down for a moment at the international terminal. Once again, the most convenient place to perch was at a fancy online-enabled pay phone from 1991 which I discovered during a trip last August. Back then, the phone had AT&T signage, was missing most of its keys, and didn’t work. I wasn’t sure if it had been in operational condition anytime this millennium, in fact.

This time, the phone showed signs that it wasn’t an orphan. The AT&T branding was gone, replaced by that of GTL (a company which appears to specialize in providing phones to prisons). And the keyboard had been repaired (mostly: the “3″ and “5″ keys were missing)

But the phone still didn’t work–no display, no dial tone, no nothing. I wonder when anyone wanted to use it–at least for a purpose other than making a voice call–and was frustrated by its sad condition?

 
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  1. The_Heraclitus Says:

    Harry, that phone IS operational. It requires a key from the parole officer. ;)

  2. die steel Says:

    Good stuff as per usual, thanks. I do hope this kind of thing gets more exposure.

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