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Offline Sigmaz

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Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« on: February 24, 2018, 05:31:50 PM »
When I was younger I have memories of going to the area summer fair / carnival.

I remember that every year the local Bell office would park a payphone trailer next to a pole on one end of the venue and string multiple drops from up above down to the trailer.

I sort of remember the side doors would flip open and up to act as an overhead shelter from the weather.

Does anyone have any photographs or specs of these marvelous mobile phones of the past?

Thanks.


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Offline Sigmaz

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Re: Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2018, 05:35:06 PM »
Ask and Ye shall receive....
You've just gotta love Google....

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Re: Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2018, 07:27:27 PM »
woah thats cool!

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Re: Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 07:52:30 PM »
Talk about pay-as-you-go mobile phones...  ;D

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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 11:10:10 PM »
I think one of these would be handy at events as a Payphone/ATM trailer.

Hmmm... I wonder where one would find such a beast..

A few GSM gateways and we’re in business.
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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2018, 11:59:04 PM »
that thing is still useful! just wait till something happens to the cell phone system and these will be back in demand....
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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2018, 06:43:40 AM »
Another one for your viewing pleasure.
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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2018, 07:37:12 AM »
That is pretty smart, can't say I have ever seen one. I can only recall seeing payphones by the services area of fairs, usually by the first aid station.

Would they just wire that into the local lines? Theoretically now they could connect that to the network in any number of ways. 
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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2018, 07:54:34 AM »
Theoretically now they could connect that to the network in any number of ways. 

Given the advent of fast 4G mobile data and VoIP, you could have them entirely wireless (aside from power needed to operate electrical gubbins), so wouldn't need to be connected to anything really... :)

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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2018, 11:39:52 AM »
VOIP.... cable.... that would work..... they could run these thing through a modem of sorts and have multiple lines, yet only 1 connection....
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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2018, 03:09:15 PM »
In the case of some disaster, they could even go for a satellite connection. Assuming they had a power source (solar even maybe?), they could run totally independent of their surroundings.
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Re: Payphone Trailer - Fading Memory, looking for a jostle
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2018, 03:38:14 PM »
Wouldn't take much to power it either, so long as power use is kept to a minimum (E.G. no unnecessary lighting) solar power charging a battery bank could indeed run them for some time... :)