Pay Phone Event #1, Atlantic City, 1977 The Payphone Project: Pay Phone Event #1, Atlantic City, 1977
By Chuck Singleton on Thursday, May 14, 1998 - 11:08 pm:
    Reading of your site (New York Times) reminded me of a payphone event I produced with friends over 20 years ago.

    I grew up in Atlantic City-- the old, decrepit and poetic Atlantic City before casinos. A small cadre of artsy-minded friends and I would go about town creating chaos and weird happenings, inspired by the beat poets and 1960's Fluxus artists.

    Until last year, the bus station was housed in lovely old deco train station with a tall central hall. Off to the side, near the men's room and shoe shine stands, was a line of 14 phone booths-- seven and seven, separated by a phonebook stand.

    Once a friend asked me what it would take to make all 14 ring at once. Immediately I set about organizing 14 callers, assigned numbers and scheduled an event. One night at 11 PM, synchronized to the 11 o'clock news, our callers began dialing. Each caller was to dial the assigned payphone 28 times. Their instructions-- dial once and let it ring once, dial a second time and let it ring twice, and so forth, on up to the 14th call when it rang 15 times. Then on the 16th it rang 13 times, and so forth, down to the 28th call with just one ring.

    They were further instructed that if someone answered, they were to read names and numbers at random from the white pages to them.

    Just before 11 o'clock, we placed a tip-off call to the bartender at a favorite local haunt, the Quaker Cafe. (Great old bar run by an elderly German couple. There was a trough below the bar stools. Every so often, triggered by pressure from the taps, a stream of water would rush through it beneath your feet.) He was told that "in five minutes all the payphones in the bus terminal will start ringing, and they won't stop for half an hour." I guess the guy knew too much-- he died two weeks later.

    Simultaneously, just before 11:00, one of our participants paraded through the bus terminal playing an alto sax, and dressed like a local bagman (who rather resembled Alfred Jarry's King Ubu from "Ubu Roi").

    Indeed, the phones did ring for half an hour straight, echoing off the terminal's marble and stone. The ticket counter staff tried to answer them at first, but was soon overwhelmed. They thought there was a serious problem with New Jersey Bell, and called the company for repairs.

    I wish I had a tape of this event. Sometimes I don't believe it ever happened. We talked about orchestrating other payphone events, including one that would make all the groups of phones (3 each) at *every* corner of the boardwalk in the entire city ring at once. We all moved away before we could produce a sequel to the bus terminal event.

    Today, the terminal is gone, cleared for the 'new' Atlantic City. Not many remember what's been lost.

By Joshua on Friday, May 15, 1998 - 08:48 pm:
    I read of your Project in the Circuit's section of yesterday's New York Times. I went to your site, and called some random numbers in the US -- New York, North Carolina, and the Mojave Desert one -- and only one was picked up, in the Atlantic Avenue subway station, which I pass every day on my way to school, in Brooklyn Heights. Someone picked that up, but hung up on me when I explained my reason for calling. I can think of a good amount of pay phones not on your 718 list to add. Good luck with the longevity of your project.

By Markus on Sunday, May 17, 1998 - 03:27 pm:
    The PP was in the Times? Wow, I'm impressed.

By Scott on Friday, June 19, 1998 - 08:25 pm:
    Seems odd only 3 messages since May, but oh lordy have I had my share of fun payphone experiences!

    Dave Letterman would be proud of you.

By Pogo on Tuesday, June 23, 1998 - 07:44 am:
    From now on, in my travels. I will be looking for payphone #s to add to your list. This is a great
    idea you have here! The opportunities for juvenile fun is limitless.
    Good Luck

By Psycho on Thursday, June 25, 1998 - 07:24 am:
    I really like your page. I too will be sending along some phone #'s. I live in Vegas, how about some phones in casino's, outside the baseball field or atop the Stratophere tower. Keep up the good work.

By Spruceman on Saturday, June 27, 1998 - 10:12 pm:
    I love your site. I just sent you some numbers in WV, and will send more in WV and VA as I collect them. There must be some list somewhere of every payphone in the US (for law enforcement, marketing, and other purposes). That would be a real find!! I once had an index of a couple thousand payphones in the Wash DC area back in the 1970s, but it rapidly became outdated and never revised.
    Do you know of any place to get a list of where each 3-digit prefix is located in all the NANPA area codes? Any master list of cell sites??

By Jerry on Monday, July 6, 1998 - 11:12 am:
    dear sirs;
    i have read your telephone strys and find them humorus, if maybe child like but arent we really all children? i am often struck by ideas,like making all phones ring. what if??
    i have tryed while lying in a lawn chair to stare at clouds to split them. this seems to work, as i have demonstrated to my girl, and friends.try it!
    also once after seeing the movie FLIM FLAM MAN
    where they escaped the police by driving an auto directly down the rail way tracts/ this sounded fun,so a friend and i found that his old plymouth
    fit on the rails perfectly,if we lowred tire pressure.using on old shoe we mamaged to wedge it between the brake pedal and the gas pedal. this left us free to get in the back seat and drink beer, turning the radi up to max.we drove trough the town of west palm beach.people stopped at crossings were amazed when a driverless vehicle
    wizzed by in frount of them.our auto triggered the crossing bar so traffic stopped.after a few miles we gotoff at an intersection to the amazement and
    laughter of other drivers.
    also did you ever drive wearing wearing other peoples glasses/well all in fun i always say/
    buy for now,

By Blindswine on Thursday, July 16, 1998 - 04:33 pm:
    is that you?
    i had a dream the other night that brought back an obscure memory from college:
    a friend of a friend sitting in my apartment; she rolled a fat hash/herb joint, fired it up, pulled out king crimson's "discipline" from her bag and cranked up my stereo...

    21st Century Schizoid Man?

    i was liking it.

    i met her again my senior year.
    she had this "league of crafty guitarists" cd.
    mad manic musicians with ovation guitars.

    anyway, i guess this doesn't have anything to do with payphone projects...
    cool story though, chuck.

By DjdipsterSweden on Wednesday, July 22, 1998 - 07:22 am:
    cool!!! i will add a number here that u ppl can dial,,its in Sweden,,the payphone is placed on a small island in Sweden.

By Vertigoalpha on Wednesday, August 5, 1998 - 08:27 pm:

By Jerry again on Friday, August 7, 1998 - 03:25 pm:
    COO-COO CLCKS?why?
    why is the smallest hand on a clockshow the
    largest time frame? ( hour)
    the larger hand show a smaller time?minute)
    the largest hand the smallest time?(second)
    why are we still useing romam numerals?
    who ever said its IV afterXII ?
    why twelve hours on dial to tell twentyfour hours?
    why do grand father clocks dong the most at a time when we are trying to go to sleep? 8-9-10-11-12?
    also they chime once on the half hour so you have to stay awake at 12 30-1 oclock-one thirty?three single dongs!so you can see what time it was!
    on a clock face number three means fifteen or three-nine means fourtyfive or nine!is it any wonder children have difficulty telling time?
    also here is a serious question--why do clocks run clockwise??? ther is a reason i will post it someday or you can ask ill tell you.think on it!
    this is not about calling distant pay phones but
    its something to think about while the payphone
    rings off the hook!

By Bilbo on Monday, August 10, 1998 - 07:27 pm:
    Your site reminded me of something that I've thought has the potential to be hilarious.
    Whenever I pass throught the toy section of a department store, I am compelled to squeeze as many Tickle Me Elmos (or Cookie Monsters or whatever) as I can at once to have them all giggle and shake simultaneously. I've often thought that if I could find a display big enough (say in a Wal Mart or a Costco) and if I had enough troops behind me, we could squeeze enough Elmos to cause the display to collapse to the tune of his Satanic giggling.
    I think I need help.

By Sorabji on Monday, August 10, 1998 - 11:38 pm:
    today i found 6 payphones all in a row at rockefeller center. they all had notices saying they did not accept incoming calls, but simple detective work revealed that they did accept incoming calls after all.

    i wrote down the number of 2 phones which are right next to each other. i called one and after 6 rings a fellow answered. i said "is this rockefeller center?"

    with surprising self-assurance he said "yeah, it is!" i said "hold on a second, let me connect your call."

    i put him on hold and on my second line dialed the number of the phone right next to him. he answered it. i conference-called the 2 phones, and the guy, who did not hang up the first phone, was talking to himself.

    i guess he was standing in between the 2 phones with one phone to each ear. he must have felt so busy.

    that's when i hung up, so the guy could continue his conversation in private.

By Jerry again on Wednesday, August 26, 1998 - 06:39 pm:

    do clocks run clockwise?
    mechanical clocks are evolved from sundials
    which cast shadows that when applied to mechanical
    clocks moved the same way. thus clockwise.

By Markus on Thursday, August 27, 1998 - 11:39 am:

    A belated comment on Spruceman's post, as I work in telecomms: No, there's no master list of payphones, because there are hundreds of companies that own them. I myself am about to start my own COCOT empire. And if you want NPA NXX lists, you can buy them from Bellcore.

By Cobalt Kudu on Wednesday, September 2, 1998 - 01:10 pm:

    Hey Chuck...(if you're still reading these responses). Excellent story...highly righteous concept. Might have to try it myself. I'll let you know how it goes...

By Jimmy on Monday, September 7, 1998 - 12:53 pm:

    its a great idea and i laughed aloud but done you people have anything better to do withyour time.
    bomb scares for example!

By Ides on Tuesday, November 10, 1998 - 09:57 am:

    There once was a man from San Anton'
    Who wanted to call a payphone
    It rang and it rang
    Until with a bang
    The man left the phone all alone.

By Brian graham on Saturday, November 14, 1998 - 06:16 am:

    this is great ...i will try to get you some numbers in the uk today ...please stay posted as it will be soon


By Brian on Saturday, November 14, 1998 - 06:17 am:

    i will try to get some in the uk

    stay posted

By Lucy on Wednesday, November 18, 1998 - 09:54 am:

    The Atlantic city story reminded me of my own Payphone Event. It was more like a new Atlantic City event, except it happened in Newfoundland, Canada.
    It was in highschool and I was hanging out at the mall with a friend. I needed to call someone for a ride home so I picked up the receiver of the nearest payphone. When I put it to my ear all I heard was a weird ticking sound so I placed it back in the cradle. All of a sudden... JACKPOT! Coins started pouring out of the change slot just like it was a one armed bandit!
    My so-called 'friend' pushed me aside and began grabbing the money.
    Suddenly, a man who was using the other pay phone said "Just a minute." to whoever he was talking to and put the receiver down. He grabbed my friend and pushed him against the wall.
    "That's the little lady's money!" He said, and motioned for me to grab the change still spilling out of the machine.So I did and I made $20 bucks.
    So next time you don't hear a dial tone on a payphone... listen for the ticking... you might hit Payphone Payday!

By Slopull on Sunday, November 29, 1998 - 06:00 am:

    'Jerry again' sez clockwise clocks move that way cuz they "evolved from sundials which cast shadows that when applied to mechanical
    clocks moved the same way." I might point out that this is not due to the nature of SUNDIALS, but of the HEMISPHERE (i.e., NORTHERN) where said sundial was first deployed. Australian sundials run counterclockwise...

    Of course, we can be thankful that they WERE first used North of the Equator; otherwise we would be forced to refer to that thing we look at most when at work as a "counter-clock!"

By Michael on Tuesday, December 1, 1998 - 12:37 am:

    I was once at the top of the Empire State Building standing around and the payphone started ringing. So I answered it and some guy asked me if the guy working the penny-flattening thing was busy. I said he was, and then he asked about the girl at the souvenir counter. She was busy too, so he said thanks and hung up. I wish I had written down that number...

By Adolph on Wednesday, December 23, 1998 - 11:53 pm:

    There is a guy in Thornton, NH, who figured out how to wire up an M-80 firecracker to the ringer of his roommate's phone, so it would be detonated by an incoming call. The first couple of times this prank was pulled, the victim thought the phone had been hit by lightening. The telephone repair guy advised him to change his number, but of course that didn't do any good. After the fourth explosion, the poor guy went bugshit. Oh well, we wanted a new roommate anyway...

By TiggerFigure on Thursday, December 24, 1998 - 01:47 am:

    Great site. Reminds me of a time at work. My phone was broken, but the remote ringer worked. There was no way to answer an incoming call, no voice mail. All day long the phone would ring 4 or 5 times before I was paged. When the next shift came on, I was inspired. On my way home, I stopped at a pay phone, dialed my extension , and left the phone off the hook. The next day I had a new phone. I guess after it rang for 15 minutes they rounded up another phone to answer my call.

By Don Anthony on Monday, January 4, 1999 - 05:20 pm:

    This is a Don Anthony Special.Think Hard. What color will everyone be 10,000 years from now? This is not a racial thing.

By CptBipto on Monday, January 4, 1999 - 08:50 pm:

    The "ticking" slot machine thingy is true. Once about 10-12 years ago in front of the Telephone Co building in Birdsboro Pa(photo to come later)
    the payphone was not working on a Sunday. My brother, who is a phone NUT, drove up to see the building and we found the payphone in such order.
    The take was not as much, only a couple of bucks, but it still caused my brother to laugh his ass off.

By Mal UK on Tuesday, January 5, 1999 - 12:11 pm:

    I remember when I was a kid and most phone numbers had 7 digits, if you dialled a certain 3 numbers then the last 4 numbers of the phone you were using, waited for a click then put the reciever down the phone would start ringing. You just had to pick the right payphone for maximum mayhem, sit back and wait for people to take the bait - well, this *was* before Playstations so we had to do something to keep ourselves amused ;-) I don't know if this would still work now the phones have gone digital, but if anyone can remember the magic number can they please let me know, cos it's been bugging me for ages.

By Jon on Wednesday, January 6, 1999 - 11:49 am:

    I found your site at It's great! Keep up the good work!

By Helpful on Saturday, January 16, 1999 - 09:52 am:

    If you're as sick as I am of mobile phone users who;

    don't turn their phones off in the cinema

    talk way too loudly on trains

    sell you an ounce of "finest Moroccan" which turns out to be an OXO cube,

    then now's your chance to get revenge. Go to:

    and have fun :-)

By Phyrkrakr on Friday, January 22, 1999 - 11:04 pm:

    KA site. If you're at a payphone, and don't have another phone to dial the payphone, dial the payphone's number and hang it up. The phone will ring. This works with any phone.

By Amber on Friday, January 29, 1999 - 11:29 am:

    I don't know if it's already been mentioned, but
    if you dial 958 on a payphone in New York City,
    you'll get an autmated message telling you the
    number of that payphone. It doesn't work with all
    the phones, but it worked on most of the phones
    I tried.

By YIP on Thursday, February 4, 1999 - 03:18 pm:

    Mal UK:

    When I was young, we would pull the "make-your-own-phone-ring" prank regularly. It worked with dial phones, so I don't think it works with touch-tone phones. Anyhow, we'd dial "7-6-1-1" and hang up quickly. The phone would start ringing in a second or two, but usually not the normal ring; the rings would be spaced closer together.

    On further experimentation, it seemed that 7-6-x-1 was the sequence necessary, i.e., 7-6-2-1, 7-6-3-1, etc. would also achieve this effect.

By Z28 on Wednesday, February 17, 1999 - 09:07 pm:

    I moved out of state to Panama City Beach, FL for the summer and was living in a motel where they charge outrageous fees for long-distance. So instead of using the phone in my room, I'd use a payphone down the block. I found out that this particular phone, when you'd put a quarter in, the money would register and fall back down into the coin return.

    How delighted I was!!!!

    I would call all my friends and my family and literally talk for hours each day. Every 10 minutes or so the recording would come on "please insert $3.75 for the next 10 minutes" so I'd have to take my quarter and keep running it through the coin slot about 20 or 30 times to keep building up talk time credit.

By Behky on Thursday, February 18, 1999 - 04:45 pm:

    the atlantic city story was true poetry! I think I will try to find some like minded friends at college or at home and try to recreate it- perhaps sans sax player, since I don't know anyone who plays sax. in any case, this is an endlessly amusing website! Any one in the PGH area interested in having a simultaneous payphone prank?

By Konundrum on Saturday, February 20, 1999 - 04:56 pm:

    Greetings from Canada!

    In the 506 area code (New Brunswick) you can dial 572 and the last 7 digits of any phone you happen to be using and then hang up. You have to pick it up again (getting a high pitch dial tone) and then hang up. About 15 seconds later the phone will ring. The access number for (902) Nova Scotia/PEI is 575.
    Also of interest is what can be done with automated 3rd party billing. In the 506 and 902 areas, if a pay phone will ring, then it will accept 3rd party toll charges. Just dial "0" and the # you are calling, and enter the pay phone # when asked what # to charge the call to. When asked for your name, say someting like "This is the phone company, please press '1'". Works really well when you need to know what time it is in Japan. :)

    E-mails welcome, happy phreaking.

By Marge BuffaloNY on Saturday, February 20, 1999 - 11:41 pm:

    Although I didn't actually pull a phone prank, answering the phone in the hall of the dorm 36 years ago, and foolishly talking to the total stranger at the other end, allowed me to now be on my 34th year of marriage with his best friend. Hey, pick up that phone. You never know who'll be at the other end. Live dangerously.

By Gee on Monday, February 22, 1999 - 09:48 am:

    I did that once. Someone called my home and it was a wrong number and I talked to him for a while, but he turned out to be a pervert, so I don't see any wedding bells in our future anytime soon.

    All he wanted to do was talk about my mother...

By Dilbert and wally on Tuesday, March 2, 1999 - 02:08 pm:

    The ph # in the alabama section with the silly long description 205 739-3530 isn't a payphone at all. It's just the courthouse. they have one operator that transfers you to the dept you need to talk to. i'll look in there and see if they have a payphone in a hallway somewhere. can't remember one right off. mostly stooges roaming the halls anyhow, old men wanting to swap pocketknives, or deputies that if they were any more stupid would have to be watered once a week.

By Bobby on Saturday, March 6, 1999 - 05:11 pm:

    Your webiste was used on an English chat show, They got some numbers and showed your site!
    The show's called SO Graham Norton, that's how I got this site
    It's cool- Keep it up!

By Todd on Monday, March 8, 1999 - 09:15 pm:

    I once taped a rhino beetle to the receiver of a pay phone with his legs pointed out. I then dialed the pay phone and when an older woman answered the phone the rhino beetles legs grabbed her ear and she screamed bloody murder.

By Ms. on Saturday, March 20, 1999 - 03:25 am:

    The beetle bit is quite hysterical.

    The number I remember dialing to make your own phone ring (back in the early 80's in Michigan) was 711-wait for dialtone again-6-quickly hang up.

    My friend had an Apple with an Applecat modem, you could do a lot of interesting things with it. He figured out what the loudest possible tone was that you could transmit over the phone - good for pranks.

    He also set up a dialer to dial "through" the entire dorm system at Western Michigan University - their phones were sequentially numbered. A phone would ring once, then the next room would ring once, etc, etc. We heard it coming down the hall, it got to us, it was busy (duh), then it kept going past us.

By Grahame on Tuesday, March 23, 1999 - 09:27 am:


    Yeah I saw your web site on the UK comedy show So Graham Norton also.. thats how I got your site. It is a very cool site.. he used it to call a phone in Memphis because he had tarzan star Miles Okeef on the show and he called this bar from your list to see if anyone there knew him and the woman that answered did. It was very funny.. seemingly he had been in a few days before and she was tlaking to him. It was a pure fluke that he found her but it was very funny... keep up the good work.. inspired site

By Old student on Friday, March 26, 1999 - 07:43 pm:

    I have a better story, years ago at a college in Maryland, some students had an idea to simultaneously flush all the toilets on campus. well it wass aranged to happen on a Sunday night I believe, at the stroke of many hands all toilets flushed at once. Well the sewer pipes couldnt handle it or the water main either, they both collapsed. And for this they had no water for days but made the National and International headlines.

By Boingo on Friday, March 26, 1999 - 08:08 pm:

    Yes, and this is as believable as the bit about someone putting syringes in payphone coin-return slots and infecting innocent people with the AIDS virus.

    Time to read up on your urban legends.

By ALLY on Thursday, April 15, 1999 - 08:10 am:


By Turnip on Tuesday, May 25, 1999 - 04:48 pm:

    I like graham norton, he is very funny, he should come back soon. i'll maybe put up a phone line at my school, it's only connected to a modem so it won't ring, although it could just be some1 is ringing when we wanna use the modem, u never know

    lalalalalalalalalalalala eimi ixthus.
    lalalalalalalalalalalala kamhloi sophoi eisi.
    lalalalalalalalalalalala odi brassicam.

    vale omnes

By Turnip on Tuesday, May 25, 1999 - 04:50 pm:

    this time is wrong, i posted it at 21:48 BST or 20:48 GMT

By Knightess on Saturday, June 19, 1999 - 11:46 pm:

    Inspired by the Atlantic City thing, I got a few of my friends together to do something similar. In a mall in Georgia, there is a small entrance-room with four pay phones against one wall, four pay phones on the wall across from it, and a set of automatically opening doors on either side of each payphone wall. I got a few of my friends to keep calling their payphone with the assigned number and me and another friend sat against the wall under the pay phones and watched the grand confusion it caused to the people walking in the mall and also to the people who tried to answer them :)

By Kittyporn on Tuesday, September 28, 1999 - 02:52 am:

    I once stumbled and tripped my way up to the teller at the local bank and asked her for my balance. Long live the nonconformists!

By Bill on Monday, October 18, 1999 - 06:54 pm:

    My friend used to live in a ground floor apartment across the street from a payphone. He used to call it just as a beautiful girl was walking by. He would then pretend it was a wrong number but try to keep her on the line anyway.
    At some point, he would tell her what he liked to see in a woman. He would then simply describe the actual woman he was talking to as he looked at her from behind the blinds of his apartment. She would get excited at this "coincidence" and he would ask her for a date! It was amazing how well this worked.

By Mark on Friday, October 22, 1999 - 02:58 am:

    2 weeks ago I was at the theater watching a Neil Simon play, when my pager went off. No big deal, I thought, I'll call her when it's over. She paged me 3 more times in the next 5 minutes. Must be important, right? So, I excuse myself and approached the only payphone in the playhouse. Picked up the receiver and there was no dialtone. Hit the switchhook 3 or 4 times.. nothing. Hung up the receiver in frustration, counted down from 5 slowly, picked up the phone, and out poured $3.75. it was too cool. A guy walking by stopped and commented "I bet that's the cheapest call you'll ever make."

    and it was collect too.

By CallZ on Wednesday, November 10, 1999 - 02:36 am:

    YAH !!! if any body GET DOWN here THERE is A grEAT nEW THING i jUST diSCovERED

    FREE LONG DISTANCE (just when i thought i'd never make full use of your site) : )

By AWelch on Friday, March 10, 2000 - 10:19 pm:

    I use as well, HIGHLY recommended for anyone who wants to spend hours pranking payphones across the nation for free :)

By Kelly on Sunday, March 26, 2000 - 06:31 pm:

    long live phone booths!

By Jojo on Friday, April 14, 2000 - 03:30 am:

    here are some phone numbers
    907 456 7328--Interesting set up here a payphone on the coorner of airport road and eielson street
    907 479 2134--This is a night club always bouncin with people

By Bobo on Sunday, April 16, 2000 - 01:50 am:

    We used to hang out at a laundromat where there was a payphone. Someone had cut some wires going to the phone and we were trying to rig it back up for use. Quite a bit of change came out of the slot, but we could never re-create this.
    Glad I bumped into your site.

By CHEMICAL on Monday, April 17, 2000 - 01:33 am:

    i co-own and work in a record store in ohio.....theres a payphone across the street from my store that you can clearly see. i started noticing one day looking out the window that alot of people use this of course i took this to my advantage and ran across the street one day and got the i have a really fun hobby to do on slow days.

By Aardwolf on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 05:49 pm:

    dialpad's actually promoting this site! check out the help faq...

By AngelDevoid on Thursday, April 20, 2000 - 08:35 pm:

    That's how I got here, very cool.

By Amy on Thursday, May 4, 2000 - 07:43 pm:

    I'm a radio DJ in Indiana and am always looking for clever ideas to keep the show interesting. Well, I think this will be a smash hit! Can't wait to try it out and record the conversations for airplay. I'll keep ya posted! Thanks!

By Venadium on Saturday, May 6, 2000 - 11:55 pm:

    Wow, great site. I have a large list of payphones on Staten Island (718), and Ill send it as soon as I sort out which ones work and which don't. I also have a few pics of payphones, I'll take some more and send them in as well. Have a nice day!

By Kris on Sunday, August 27, 2000 - 03:53 pm:

    I'd like to add some #'s from around here, a sleepy little town one hour and 20 minutes east of New York City. But I can't connect to the appropriate server. It's the phone in the coin-op laundromat on Main Street. (631)544-9876. I'm usually doing my laundry there on Sundays!

By Swanand kulkarni on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 09:39 am:

    thanks for highly knowledgelable info.
    very good info. for me.
    I am also working in payfone compony named as
    ZIP TELECON LTD. in india at mumbai as a Technical Support Officer.
    please inform me in datails on my E-mail

By Alex on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 05:17 pm:

    Wow excellent site! stumbled accross it quite by accident! Glad i did! I can see hours of slow university days being sped up by this site!!! When i used to walk to school me and mates used to pass a phone box, it was almost always ringing, we never plucked up courage to answer tho! and on many occaisions would simply stop as we neared it! clearly someone having fun!

By J on Thursday, January 25, 2001 - 10:12 am:

    Next time,pick up that phone.

By Annihilator on Thursday, May 24, 2001 - 05:48 am:

    would someone from america mind giving a friend of mine in the uk a crank call, I don't want to do it myself cause he would spot it straight away...

    Ring 07769 721709 (you will have to add the country code 44 I think) and ask for kevin miller (and the rest is up to your imagination), I would particularly like to know how he reacts so post it back on here.

By Stain on Friday, August 3, 2001 - 02:44 pm:

    That first story:-
    Made me laugh.
    Nealry made me cry.



By Chuck on Tuesday, January 15, 2002 - 05:20 pm:

    i want to get into the operation of payphones i would like to purchase some for my rent houses. is there any one who would know what website to go to for this info?

By Fantomdave on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 12:28 pm:

    I live in Ocean City Maryland. For three months out of the year the population of Pensulvania migrates to my town to act stupid and buy stuff, which makes my job harder because they buy a lot of stuff. This plan was actually organized by a friend, but I have used it a lot. We recently had a Ripley's Believe it or not put on the boardwalk at the inlet. We call payphones that are about 6 blocks north of Ripley's claiming to be DJ's from a local radio station. We tell people that we are holding a contest called the "dash for cash" and if they can make it to Ripley's in two minutes or less they will win 500 dollars and four free tickets. I have never seen people run so fast in my life. It started to catch on too. I have answered several phones walking down the boardwalk and someone has tried to get me to do it. I always answer them by saying, "Sorry I live here."
    By the way, excelent phone site!!

By Sel on Monday, January 20, 2003 - 10:49 am:

    You should add a World Trade Center Payphone memorial listing all of the payphone numbers from the WTC.....

By Suhas S Bandivadekar on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 05:23 am:

    I want to buy westminster chimes wall clock. I stay in Mumbai. Can you help me?


By Kibo on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 07:49 am:

    what kind of help do you need?

By Earl on Monday, July 28, 2003 - 09:29 am:

    yes, i can help you, fellow citizen.

    contact p. jeejeebhoy towers, and ask for earl.

    charles forjett was my great uncle.

    my cousin's brother's, sister-in-law's lover's husband is selling his wife's clock...

    handsome neoclassic styling...

By Suhas on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:24 am:

    Dear Earl,

    Thank you so much for your response.

    Will you please give me your contact number? I either want my present Citizen Clock get repaired or else want to know for how much I will get a the new one having Westminster Chimes (plays after every 15 minutes). Will you be able to quote the approximate price?



By Suhas S.Bandivadekar on Friday, August 1, 2003 - 05:26 am:

    Dear Kibo,

    I either want my present Citizen Clock get repaired or else want to know for how much I will get a the new one having Westminster Chimes (plays after every 15 minutes). Will you be able to quote the approximate price?



By Er0u on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 - 04:02 am:

    Much Props Chuck Singleton
    sum dope shit doc!

By Michael on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 03:18 am:

    just trying some of the random numbers you have in your pay phone directories on my cell phone, ehhe one person in hawii picked up, its funny when you can make 13 pay phones rings at once . i like visiting this site eery once in awhile!!!. gotta use my free airtime for something on my cellphone.

By Bob dole on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 01:03 am:

    dude who lives in OC, I live about 40 mins from there, and yeah you are right. fucking PA people. oh yeah ever been to the waterfoul festival in Easton? They really take over the town then, except its weird people and red necks from everywhere. fuckers

By Bob dole on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 01:03 am:

    dude who lives in OC, I live about 40 mins from there, and yeah you are right. fucking PA people. oh yeah ever been to the waterfoul festival in Easton? They really take over the town then, except its weird people and red necks from everywhere. fuckers

By Art long gone from ACHS since 1965 on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 12:11 am:

    Your lead Atlantic City story brought back some choice memories from my high school years there, in the middle 1960s. A couple friends, Chuck, and I worked night shifts at various motels. During the Winters this was deadly dull, so we sometimes made our own entertainment.

    This was easier because of the style of motel switchboard in use at the time. Each outside line and very extension had two sockets. The switchboard also had a series of paired cables which could be plugged into any combination of outside lines or extensions to complete an open circuit on those lines. So there were typically six to twelve outside lines, an extension for each room, and one or two dozen cable pairs for completing calls.

    One entertainment was to call two outside numbers simultaneously, so that they would answer at the same time. We would then just listen to them discuss who had called whom. Sometimes very amusing.

    When this got old, we would call some outside number at random, and also the 'Aloha' Motel, again so they would answer simultaneously. Then 'Aloha' motel would of course answer 'Aloha', and they would again discuss who had called whom, and wonder who had called to or from Hawaii.

    (Yeah, we were really bored kids!)

    Then there was an obnoxious radio call-in talk show host, (I think Pinky Kravitz, but I do not recall his politics). When we didn't like his rants, we would call his lines and put them ALL on hold. He would then go nuts suffering the silence and trying to get his fans excited to call in. Then, just as he took a break to check his lines, we would unplug all the lines & free his circuits.

    No, we never got caught, & I don't think that the radio guy or the phone company ever figured out what was going on.

    Not quite the bus terminal story, but that does ‘ring’ true to me!

    Thanks for bringing out these fun memories.

By Gee on Friday, May 14, 2004 - 10:50 am:

    hee! You said "deadly dull", just like Henry Higgins!

    'Enry 'Iggings!

By Crawfords on Saturday, September 18, 2004 - 04:03 am:

    we want to keep in contact with our daughter who is now studying in u.k. we are from gujarat, India
    what to do? we would like to contact her on mobile phone at cheapest rate? write charges


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