City telephone boxes were popular means of communication – before introduction of mobile phones. Many payphones were often located at train stations and airports, on crossroads of busy streets in big cities. Payphones were installed in closed or semi-open booths, or under the canopy.
A payphone is a coin- or token-operated public telephone. Sometimes a coin connected the fate of people. Such devices could tell many funny and dramatic stories. To make call at a payphone, sometimes it was necessary to stand in line for it.
A telephone line that does not have its own telephone number is a street payphone. You cannot call it, but you can use it for outgoing calls. Sometimes payphones remind us something that have been in use in the past. For example, the red telephone box, a familiar sight on the streets of London.
The prevalence of phone booths have decreased significantly over the years due to the increasing availability of modern smartphones. You cannot see no longer a payphone in busy public places, while you can count those remained there on the fingers of your hand. They are like a memory of the era gone; today they can make older generation to feel a pleasant nostalgia.
Currently, there are also new, upgraded payphones. Modern payphones phones can make voice calls, as well as send e-mail message. Most modern payphones are prepaid calling cards. In some countries, phone booths accept bank cards.
In many countries, there are coin-operated rotary-drive payphones that can give change. In emergency calls – fire brigade, police, ambulance, etc. – the service is free of charge.
In Ashgabat, you can also find modern telephone booths on some of the main avenues. For example, on the streets of Bitarap Turkmenistan, 10 yil Abadanchylyk. In addition, in some secluded corners of the capital, old telephones have been preserved as a rarity, which add to the image of the city happy memories of youth. And it’s nice to realize that no one wants to discard them as useless, because they are like an artifact of the history of the city.